Lupe stood behind a flat-top cart in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, carefully turning sizzling bacon-wrapped hot dogs as scores of May Day demonstrators chanted nearby.
For the middle-aged woman and other street vendors on the economic margins, it's a good day when large crowds turn out for a protest. May Day, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in the past, traditionally has been one of those good days.
But on Tuesday, Lupe, who did not give her last name because she is in the country without legal documentation, couldn't help but be underwhelmed.
"There are not enough people today," she said in Spanish as her hot dogs cooked alongside piles of onions and jalapeños.
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