Dozens Protest Construction Of Cultural Center Downtown

LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) — Dozens of demonstrators turned out Sunday to protest a Mexican-American cultural center being built just north of Downtown LA.

Protesters Say Construction Of Cultural Center Downtown Should Be Halted, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports

Demonstrators say the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes project at 5th and Main is being built at a cemetery which contains remains of Native Americans among others.

According to protesters, nearly 700 people were buried at the site and they believe a third could be Native Americans.

Project officials confirm remains have been found but say the coroner’s office dates the remains to when the land was a church cemetery.

Meantime, the Native American Heritage Commission has asked coroner’s officials to order a halt on the project.

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