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Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88; Chicano rights movement leader
Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88; Chicano rights movement leader

On June 5, 1967, a group of armed men, led by fiery preacher Reies Lopez Tijerina, arrived at the county courthouse in the small New Mexico community of Tierra Amarilla. They were there to free prisoners who were arrested in a land grant dispute and to place the district attorney under citizen's arrest. The raid was almost entirely botched. The prisoners and district attorney weren't there, but a gun battle broke out in which a state policeman and jailer were wounded. A judge escaped harm by using a ladder to climb into an attic and pulling up the ladder behind him. The raiders fled, kidnapping a reporter who later got away and another man whom they let go. The incident, as...

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