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Some years the blooms are sparse. Other years, when temperatures and winter rains are just right, bring a riot of color with fields of green, yellow, purple and red carpeting the desert floor.
Riot of Color When is a protest not a protest? When the demonstrators are black.
by Brooke Shelby Biggs May 4, 2001
Angry people poured into the streets of two North American cities last month: first in Cincinnati, then in Quebec City.
The protests in Cincinnati were sparked by the police shooting of a 19-year-old African-American man, the fourth such killing in six months. As peaceful demonstrations turned violent in some spots, the mayor declared a state of emergency while police took to the streets in riot gear and shot at protesters with high-powered rifles loaded with beanbags. Pundits and reporters called the uprising a "riot."