1969 Passaic, NJ Puerto Rican Riots
(APWirephoto) Passaic police remove crowd from area of firebombed furniture store. Puerto Rican Area Again Hit by Strife in Passaic PASSAIC, .\.J. (AP) - A nighttime curfew was ordered today after a second night of 2 Senators Seek Debate on War Gas By JOK HALL WASHINGTON (AP) ~ Two senators said today the light of public debate should be thrown on the military's shadowy war gas program and they proposed several restrictions on chemical-biological chemical-biological warfare weapons. "The issues these weapons raise to Congress and the nation are loo serious to let CBW spiral in secrecy any longer," said Sen. Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y. Goodell joined Sen. Gaylord .Nelson, D-Wis., in proposing firebombing and looting ravaged ravaged a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood here. Police reported one instance of shooting and said about 1,000 persons gathered in one small area at the peak of the disorders disorders Monday. Sixteen persons were arrested. Police sealed off the tenement section bordering the main downtown business district and fired tear gas before heavy rains cleared streets. Mayor Bernard Pinck imposed a curfew curfew to start at 9:30 p.m., closed taverns and banned sales of gasoline in containers. Three buildings were hit by firebombs. One scorched the roof of City Hall, across the main business street from the Puerto Rican area. Another burned out a iwo-story office building and two others burned displays in a furniture store owned by City Clerk Anthony. Martini.. Stores with Puerto Rican or Spanish names were carefully exempted, while shops adjacent were stripped. The Passaic section is a few miles south of an area in Paler- son where Puerto Rican violence violence flared last year. Both cities cities are old industrial towns about a dozen miles west of New York City. About 8.500 of Passaic's 53,000 residents are Puerto Rican, Trouble began Sunday after a mother and her 11 children were evicted from their $150 a month apartment. Five persons were hurt and 35 arrested Sunday. Only one injury injury was reported Monday, a police police officer who cut his arm fighting the fire at City Hall.