Inside the Americas

The lasting legacy of the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles

This week, the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri coincided with another anniversary in the United States. It's been 50 years since the Watts riots, when Los Angeles was the scene of some of the most destructive uprisings in the country's history.


The arrest of Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man, on August 11, 1965 quickly turned into a scuffle between police officers and the African-American community. Six days of violence led to 34 deaths and more than 40 million dollars in damaged property. We find out how residents remember these events today.

Also, Mexico is in shock at the murder of an activist who helped families search for their missing relatives. Miguel Angel Jimenez led efforts to find 43 students after they disappeared last year and worked to highlight the plight of other families unable to find their loved ones. His body was found near his home town in the south-western state of Guerrero last weekend.

Finally, we see why graffiti is gaining in popularity in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

Watch FRANCE 24's report: Racial tensions linger in LA, city of Rodney King riots

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