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Anaheim: A Tale of Two Cities

"[The police] don’t even care about us. They don’t even care about the community, especially because we’re Mexican." - Yecenia Rojas, Anaheim Resident

If there is one city in the world where you might expect to find happiness, it is Anaheim, California. It is the home of Disneyland, the second most popular amusement park in the world.

From Anaheim, Disney has for decades been selling an image of fantasy to millions of visitors every year.

But over the summer, anger that had been growing in communities living in the shadows of this multi-billion dollar tourist industry began spiraling out of control.

In July 2012, two young men were shot and killed by Anaheim police. What followed was some of the worst civil unrest this city has ever seen.

Protests against police brutality were met with riot-clad gear police and rubber bullets, further fueling violence and bringing national attention to the home of Disneyland.

The images shocked the country but left unanswered questions: Why did it happen? Will it happen elsewhwere in the US? And are there two Anaheims?

(Source: aljazeera.com)