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Anaheim community responds to rally violence with peace walk

City Prayer
Anaheim peace marchers gather to pray at Pearson park on Monday evening. Photo credit: Megan Showalter

A peace walk for Anaheim happened Monday evening in response to events over the weekend involving the KKK.

Anaheim religious and non-profit groups organized a peaceful vigil and walk to city hall along with the Anaheim police department and Mayor Tom Tate.

“What you saw this weekend was not us,” said Tate. “We say no to violence, and no to fear.”

Mayor Tate
Mayor Tom Tate speaks to peace marchers at Pearson park on Monday evening. Photo credit: Megan Showalter

Tate also asked the group to support the police force and to “respect those who run towards danger.”

Community groups of all types were represented. Among them were OCCORD, Los Amigos of Orange County, CLUE, OCCCO, Mexican Consulate, World Relief, and many more.

They met at Pearson Park, where the violence erupted before a KKK rally on Saturday.

“A coalition of compassionate leaders in Orange County stand against hate and want California, the United States and the world to know that the Anaheim community and Orange County will not allow itself to be defined by yesterday’s tragedy,” said Glen Peterson of World Relief Garden Grove, in an invitation to attendees.

The march was calm and well attended.

March through Lincoln
Attendees in the march walk down Lincoln towards city hall. Photo credit: Megan Showalter

Groups joined together in cries of “This is what our community looks like,” and “peace now.”

When the march arrived at city hall the community leaders prayed a non-denominational prayer for peace and love throughout the city.

A group of about five protesters wearing bandanas then began to shout “F– nonprofits.”

Many of the marchers asked those protesters to join the vigil, but they continued to cry out.

Organizers acted quickly to wrap up the end of the vigil and march back toward Pearson Park.

“I was proud of my city Anaheim.” said Nathan Zug, community leader. “Proud to be part of a peaceful group saying ‘Anaheim is a kind and compassionate city, a city of strength and peace.'”

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