Hundreds of people divided between a crowd rallying against illegal immigration and a throng of counter-protesters opposing their stance squared off Sunday along the Laguna Beach shoreline.
The “America First” event that started at 6 p.m. and continued into twilight was mostly peaceful, although one arrest was made at the scene.
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On the anti-illegal immigration side, organizer Johnny Benitez of Orange County said the group hoped to keep the gathering — their fifth rally in Laguna Beach — peaceful. All of the group’s previous demonstrations went off without incident.
Police weren’t taking any chances, however, with nearly 100 officers from five different agencies on the site of the confrontation at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway.
Several local businesses boarded up their storefronts as a precaution.
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