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Video: Postville Immigration Rally
Well before a rally on immigration reform was set to begin, people with differing viewpoints converged in the small town of Postville. The opposing groups ultimately flung messages at one another across a downtown street.
Over 1,000 people — some reports say as many as 2,000 — marched in protest of the May 12 immigration raid at Agriprocessors, the largest kosher meatpacking plant in the U.S. and Postville’s largest employer. The marchers left St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church and snaked through a residential area before pausing briefly in front of the Agriprocessors plant. The group continued through another residential area before moving toward downtown.
As the opposing sides came in closer proximity to one another, the many law enforcement officers on hand visibly tensed. If there was to be conflict, it would most likely happen when the two groups confronted each other from opposite sides of Lawler Street.
The procession, tinged with angry chants and shouts by each group, took nearly a half hour. But, it ended without violence.