40 Years After Stonewall Riots, a rebel remembers
Raymond Castro was a regular at The Stonewall Inn in 1969, finding it a haven from a world where gay men and women could be arrested for kissing or holding hands in public. Inside the bar, where plywood covered the windows, warning lights served as a signal for couples to stop dancing.
When police raided the bar in the past for selling liquor without a license, patrons normally submitted to arrest or dispersed quietly. But on June 28, Castro recalled, people fought back.
As officers tried to throw him in a police wagon, Castro used the vehicle as a spring to push back, knocking them to the ground.
"They literally carried me into the ... wagon and threw me in there,"
recalled Castro, now 67."It must've been the motivation of the crowd
that inspired me to resist. Or maybe at that point enough was enough."
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