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Supporters of Union Plaza take extreme measure to save neighborhood

Union Plaza protest on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 (Photo: KFOX14/CBS4)

People who want to protect the Union Plaza neighborhood, also known as Duranguito, chained themselves to one of its buildings.

Many fences around the neighborhood went up Monday and Tuesday.

El Paso police have restricted people from coming into the area anymore.

Protestors chained themselves to each other and to a building in the area.

“I feel like I can't say I'm an El Pasoan unless I stand out here,” said protestor Maria McCullough.

McCollough put herself between demolition crews and police on one side and the Union Plaza neighborhood on the other.

“I was really just trying to keep the two fences from closing,” said McCullough.

Eventually, police had to step in and detain her temporarily.

McCullough was pulled off the fence, but it wasn't long before she locked arms with other protestors to hold off demolition work.

She says she's willing to go to jail for this cause.

Clavo Martinez was not protesting but was at the site. People are there for different reasons.

“I'm here to observe and make sure that law enforcement and city officials are abiding by the laws just as we are, and to document everything that happens as it occurs,” said Martinez.

Cemelli de Aztlan, with El Paso Equal Voice Network, said it's the people's duty to stand up for the neighborhood.

“We have chained up these fences because they are here illegally; they have no permit, no right and there's an injunction,” said Aztlan.

Just after 4:30 p.m., Grossman addressed protestors with a new amended court order in hand that mandated all demolition permits already obtained by property owners be revoked.


This once again halts demolition of the eight Union Plaza properties. The city has until Monday to respond to the new court order.

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