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26 Arrested Calif. As Mexico Loses

June 29, 1998

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) _ About two dozen people were arrested in a rock-and-bottle throwing incident Monday but Mexico’s World Cup loss and hundreds of officers in riot gear blockading downtown deterred a repeat of widespread rowdiness.

After police cars were pelted with rocks and bottles, 25 people were arrested for failure to disperse and one person for felony assault, Sgt. Ron Beason said.

``We still have roving bands of troublemakers,″ Beason said.

Exuberance over Mexico’s advancement to the second round last Thursday turned into window-smashing and vandalism that ended with about 40 arrests. Mexico was eliminated Monday with a 2-1 loss to Germany at Montpellier, France.

``We’ve got in excess of 300 officers out there,″ said Lt. Michael J. Gwaltney, commander of the city’s emergency operations center.

Huntington Park, southeast of Los Angeles, is 97 percent Hispanic and many people have close ties to Mexico.

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