Bikers, cowboys & dances: Protesters hit US streets for George Floyd in peaceful marches (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
In contrast to the protests ahead of the weekend, which often descended into chaos and riots and were marred by looting, demonstrations on Sunday afternoon – including the major Black Lives Matter rallies in Washington and New York – were incident-free.
Videos shared on social media showed DC protesters marching from Dupont Circle to the area near Lafayette Park, where hundreds sprawled themselves on the ground as part of a “die-in.”
Ten days since DC first saw protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the area near the White House is still bustling with people demanding action against police brutality.Hundreds held a die-in near Lafayette Park this afternoon after marching from Dupont Circle. pic.twitter.com/9aMMcBlFMh— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) June 7, 2020
The protesters could not move into Lafayette Park, located directly in front of the White House, because its entrances were fenced off earlier this week after rioters defaced walls and a monument inside the park with graffiti. The walls were subsequently plastered with signs in support of racial justice.
A sizable crowd gathered around part of 16th Street, which was recently renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” by Washington DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.Bowser herself has been actively participating in the rallies. The crowd chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “Say their names.”
Thousands of protesters flocked to Times Square in New York City on Sunday. They raised their fists, referring to George Floyd, an unarmed black man who choked to death under a police officer’s knee in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as "the man who changed the world."
In Compton, southern Los Angeles County, protests had a party flavor to them, with horse-mounted protesters and bikers joining the “peace walk” that saw demonstrators marching and riding from the Gateway Towne Center to the Martin Luther King Jr monument near City Hall.
The procession, which resembled a carnival, was led by bikers with horse-mounted protesters donning cowboy hats mingling with the crowd.
I've arrived at the protest in Compton where there may not be many horses, but there's a motorcycle escort, which is pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/ds2Zocio05— Bradley Bermont (@bradleybermont) June 7, 2020
An impromptu dance party broke out as people marched.
#Compton was a beautiful success 🙌🏾 closed it out with An eletric slide n lots of Love. people hugging & kissing baby’s saying hi to one another. now that’s it’s finished everyone’s leaving Happier filled with Hope. Blacks , Latinos, Samoans ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽 so many people❤️ Keep going ! pic.twitter.com/R5aQV8LohW— Fat jesus (@FatJesus562) June 7, 2020
The Compton rally boasted several celebrities in attendance, including Houston Rockets basketball player Russell Westbrook and San Antonio Spurs wing DeMar DeRozan.
Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan are together with protesters in Compton.(via taco_mell/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/4cRbkHq7SE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2020
Westbrook, a Long Beach, California native, even took to an improvised stage to address the crowd.
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