Street food vendors are staging a protest today at 4:30 p.m. outside the Metro subway station on Alvarado and Seventh streets (that's near Langer's, for you gluttons) to protest the LAPD's crackdown on allegedly illicit street food vendors. Activists say that the police have for the last two weeks been cracking down on vendors in the MacArthur Park/Westlake west of downtown.
Carlos Montes of the Southern California Immigration Coalition says that the LAPD had loosened enforcement against tamale sellers, fruit carts and other neighborhood food vendors for more than a year following the controversial police shooting of day laborer Manuel Jamines on West Sixth Street. However, activists say cops are back with a vengeance.
The protest is expected to make its way to the LAPD Rampart Station on nearby Sixth Street.
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