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Hundreds rally to protect murals at Chicano Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Several hundred people descended on Chicano Park for a "solidarity gathering" against racism Sunday.

According to a Facebook event for the gathering, it was organized in response to reports that a group of people planned to visit the park Sunday as part of a "scouting expedition" in response to Confederate monuments being removed across the country.

There were about 500 demonstrators, SDPD Officer Michael Sweet said.

Despite fears of possible clashes with counter-protesters that resulted in a large police presence at the rally, only about five counter-protesters showed up, and they didn't stay long.

"They left when they saw they were outnumbered," Sweet said.

The event began about noon, and most demonstrators had dispersed by about 4 p.m., according to Sweet.

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