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'68 Los Angeles school protesters see link to Parkland teens

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Participants of the 1968 Los Angeles school walkouts that sparked a wave of Mexican-American youth activism say they see similarities with Florida student activists today seeking to change gun laws.

Leaders and participants who were teenagers in March 1968 say they are proud that students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are pushing for change.

The mass shooting at Parkland that left 17 people dead last month has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States for tougher gun control laws.

The East Los Angeles walkouts forced officials in California to change poor school conditions and end physical punishments for speaking Spanish.

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