El Tri rock fans riot in Watsonville
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By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
February 26, 2007
WATSONVILLE (BCN) - A concert at the Veterans Memorial
Building in Watsonville Sunday night turned into a large-scale
riot, according to Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said an angry mob threw bottles, vandalized cars and
destroyed musical equipment when they learned headlining Mexican
rock band El Tri
would not be performing.
Concert promoters Promociones Mexico Lindo had sold as many as
750 $60 tickets to the show in advance, and continued to sell
tickets at the door, said Gonzalez.
When the promoter ran out of opening acts at around 9:50 p.m.,
he had to tell the crowd that El Tri was not going to be performing
because they were stuck in a snowstorm, Gonzalez said. According
to Gonzalez, this was when the 400-person riot began.
When officers arrived at the venue they found complete pandemonium.
According to Gonzalez, people had barricaded themselves inside
the concert venue and were destroying switchboards and refusing
Others poured into the streets, "they popped tires, tried
to tip other cars over, broke windows," said Gonzalez, acknowledging,
"It was kind of a funny scene, it doesn't happen a lot in
Rioters even set one vehicle, believed to belong to the promoter,
on fire. "By the time we got to it, it had burned out,"
The promoters "handed out tickets for a free concert, scheduled
for tonight, but I don't know if that is going happen after the
amount of damage that has been caused," Gonzalez said today.
The over two-hour long riot caused at least $75,000 in damage
and prompted Watsonville police to call for outside assistance,
gathering 40 officers from area police departments to assist in
disbursing the crowd.
When the riot finally ended at around 12:30 today, one of the
officers wanting to know what all the fuss was about, found El
"It's kind of heavy metal rock in Spanish," said Gonzalez,
"we weren't into it."
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