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A similar response has occurred in Orange, where community members staged a 100-strong protest March 21 against the gang injunction. Among the signs waved were some praising the Vasquez mural.

“I don’t understand what makes [police] an expert on Chicano art, or our culture, for that matter,” says Yvonne Elizondo, who grew up on Cypress Street and is a member of the community group Chicanos Unidos. “[Vasquez’s] artwork is absolutely beautiful. This isn’t a guy who goes tagging on walls. He is a hero from our neighborhood.”

Emigdio Vasquez and the offending master's thesis
Keith May
Emigdio Vasquez and the offending master's thesis

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