Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in East Los Angeles on Cinco de Mayo, but not everyone in the Mexican-American community welcomed the Democratic presidential candidate.

Hundreds of protesters (some estimated the count to be as high as 1,000) gathered at Belvedere Park and then marched to East Los Angeles College, two blocks away, where Clinton spoke to supporters at a rally that included an eight-piece mariachi band.

According to KPCC radio, the demonstration was organized by members of Unión del Barrio, an independent political group that also went to a recent rally for Donald Trump in Costa Mesa, Calif.

KPCC reports:

Ron Gochez, one of the organization’s leaders, said that they wanted a peaceful protest—unlike what happened at the Trump rally. The group doesn’t support a specific candidate or party, he told KPCC.

“At this moment, neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are worthy of our vote,” he said.

Members of Unión del Barrio are against Clinton’s positions on immigration, war and workers’ issues, Gochez said, and they resent her appearance in East L.A. on Cinco de Mayo. …

“We’re not going to let her come pander to our community to try to get the vote for us when we know that she is not going to work for our best interests,” Gochez said.

Some protesters carried signs in support of Bernie Sanders, while others expressed displeasure with Clinton’s decision to keep her Wall Street speeches secret, her flip-flopping on some issues and her role in the 2009 coup in Honduras.

Truthdig was on hand in East L.A. for the protest and captured some sights and sounds with Evrybit.

–Multimedia by Isabel Carreon

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