We're especially impressed by the two young children protesting who have no idea why they're there in the first place …
We've already said what we need to say about the name debacle floating around the Illegal Pete's restaurants — twice. So there's no need to drink again from an already empty bottle. As was expected, people descended on the new Tucson, AZ location with curiosity, hunger and, unfortunately, a misguided attempt to get owner Pete Turner to change the name. If anything, the event looks as it was … interesting.
Tucson Weekly's María Inés Taracena — a local reporter who was on the scene — claims the rally against Turner and his employees consisted of close to 60 protestors, many of whom are members of the "UA student activist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán, or MEChA, immigration rights advocates and other allies." Dozens chained themselves to the restaurant, often blocking visitors from going into and coming out of the venue. Eventually, Tucson police stepped in and moved the protestors in case an emergency were to take place and personal needed to get through.
Taracena also notes that the protest didn't seem to deter customers at all, as "the line was long and tables were full."
All Photos: María Inés Taracena for Tucson Weekly.