San Diego, CA — Last night was reminiscent of the United States’ persecution of Japanese during World War II. At Mission Bay Park, citizens of San Diego protested the city’s juvenile curfew law by enclosing themselves in chicken wire. They did this in order to visually show the impact of the curfew.
“The law is as inhumane as the discriminatory laws against the Japanese in WWII,” said Dave Doctor, organizer of the rally. “At that time, the government assumed that all Japanese people were guilty. Fifty years later, the government is doing the same thing to people under 18.”
From 10 p.m. until Midnight, the protesters stayed enclosed in the chicken wire. The wire stretched 50 feet in circumference and was 6 feet high.
“Imagine spending one third of every day in prison,” said Doctor. “For eight hours every day, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., people under 18 are fenced in by the government.”
Throughout the night, Doctor contrasted the perception of America against the reality of the day to day lives of citizens under 18. “The torch of the Statue of Liberty is not burning tonight. It has been snuffed out by the heavy hand of Susan Golding and the City Council,” said Doctor. “Not until all citizens are treated equally can America be called the land of the free.”
Tonight, Rebel Rebel, a Los Angeles band, will perform at the rally in Mission Bay Park across from the Belmont Roller Coaster, from 10 p.m. to Midnight. Protesters vow to continue their rallies until the City Council repeals the curfew.