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On Saturday, two different groups are planning protests in front of Disneyland.
A group calling themselves Somos Anaheim
are planning a peaceful rally
, calling on participants to wear all white and hold signs supporting neither side of the police brutality issue. The demonstrators plan to march from Anaheim City Hall
to the Anaheim Police Department
as a call for peace in the community that has seen protests heat up by vandalism, multiple fires and riot police shooting less lethal weapons at demonstrators and bystanders.
Friends, family members and neighbors of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, who were both shot dead by police this weekend, will also be attending this weekend's protests.
Zia Back, a resident of the Guinida neighborhood where Acevedo was killed, says she has talked to people in her neighborhood, as well as the residents on Anna Drive where Diaz was killed, and she says both neighborhoods want peace.
"We don't want to see any violence from either side," she said. "There are families grieving. So we want a way to express ourselves peacefully. On the other hand, we don't want police blocking at us every turn."
Anaheim Police have stepped up patrols since Tuesday's night riot, which saw a over dozen windows of downtown businesses smashed, along with at least four fires in the city.
In other cities, solidarity actions are planned for Friday including actions in Chicago, Harlem, Oakland, Seattle, Portland and San Diego.