1971 Pharr Riot – Roberto Flores Loredo Interview

by: Chuy Ramirez
Posted: January 31, 2021
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Video: 1971 Pharr Riot - Roberto Loredo

Interview Date: 01/20/2021

Alonzo Loredo Flores tragically lost his life during the Pharr Riot. Flores was a bystander as were most in that community who watched in horror as police officers chased young men through the streets, guns and shotguns drawn like in a Western flick. Loredo Flores was Robert Loredo’s first cousin. Robert Loredo helps us place the events of that day in context: the segregated communities which still existed and corporal punishment in the public schools for daring speak Spanish on school campuses.

Chuy Ramirez is an attorney practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley since 1983, and dabbles in writing.


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