San Diego has a CHAZ or CHOP-like occupied zone that has existed for 50 years. It’s called “Chicano Park”. It was occupied on April 22, 1970 and is claimed to be the first part of “Aztlan” to be taken from the U.S. The Park is use to promote anti-Americanism and the Nazi-like concept of Chicano racial nationalism, called “La Raza”. Aztlan is the original place of origin of the tribe in Aztec mythology. No one knows where it was, or even if it ever existed.
Radical Chicanos, who founded the Chicano political movement, however, chose to gratuitously identify the Aztlan as the American Southwest, in order to advance their political cause of taking control of the Southwest. This was, of course, part of the Spanish empire’s territory of New Spain that became the territory of the United States as part of the settlement of the Mexican American war.
NOTE: I want to differentiate between Chicanos and the so-called Chicano political movement, which experienced its hayday in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The term “Chicano” was used decades before the radical movement by the same name started. Not everyone who identifies as Chicano necessarily supports all of the the extreme ideology of the political movement.
The park is controlled by radical Chicanos, via the Chicano Park Steering Committee and allied organizations, such as the Brown Berets and Union del Barrio. It is not controlled by the City of San Diego, even though it has received millions of dollars in City, State and federal funds over the years.
The park is extremely discriminatory about who can use the park. It is very dangerous for flag-waving patriots to try to use the park even for peaceful activities, not to mention protests and demonstrations. The Park is mainly reserved for Chicano ethnic and racial ultra nationalists, their far-left allies such as communist groups and anarchists (Antifa) and others, whom they choose to allow, that do not challenge their politics or ownership of the park.
This is how they reacted on September 3, 2017 when a small group of patriots went to the park to have lunch and have a private, critical viewing, among themselves, of the subversive. anti-American themes of some of the murals in this supposedly city park. We thought we could just slip in and slip out. They got wind of it, though, and called for a violent mob to chase us out of the park. We knew the mob was coming 1-2 days before, but we went, anyway, just to record and show the public what Chicano Park is really about, extreme politics, racial/ethnic discrimination and the potential of mass violence against non-compliant outsiders.
No-Go Zone For Police
Police are despised in Chicano Park as the representatives of American law and sovereignty. Here, one member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee and others harass cops because they parked their motorcycles in the park. They allow traffic on the streets, but the park is seen as the first part of Aztlan to be occupied. It is off-limits to cops, even though these two cops are both Hispanic. Hispanic cops are considered to be “vendidos”, ethnic and racial traitors.
David Rico, Convicted Domestic Terrorist, Steering Committee Member
David Rico is one of the co-founders of the park and a actual, convicted, domestic terrorist. He speaks every year at Chicano Park Day. A few months after the piece of land was occupied in 1970, Rico and two other Brown Berets were arrested and convicted for a plot to fire-bomb San Diego City College, soliciting others for murder and to distribute bombs in an attempt to start a violent insurrection in San Diego. Rico is a founding member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the national head of the “Brown Berets de Aztlan”, a kind of Chicano paramilitary group.
That Chicano Park is a no-go zone and claimed to be an occupied part of the United States is not widely known. I think that is partly due to the reluctance of people to speak up whenever there is a racial component to the issue. Being critical of particular members of some particular racial group or of a political organization of some racial group is not “racism”. Americans have to get over this reluctance to speak out about such bad-actors, because such political groups are being used as a battering ram to subvert the American system, because they are relatively immune to criticism and condemnation.