Several thousand in Boston protest George Floyd’s death

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BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of largely mask-wearing demonstrators marched peacefully by means of Boston in a number of protests Sunday, lending their voices to the nationwide anger over the dying of George Floyd whereas in Minneapolis custody.

The largest protest of a number of thousand began Sunday night time within the traditionally black neighborhood of Roxbury. Protesters, carrying “Black Lives Matter” indicators and chanting “The people united will never be defeated,” made their method slowly for a number of miles to the Massachusetts Statehouse. The various crowd was flanked by cops on bikes and have been peaceable.

Earlier within the day, lots of of individuals, together with a number of households, marched by means of downtown Boston on Sunday carrying indicators together with “Justice For George” and “Silence is Betrayal” and chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” Orderly however energized and offended an instances, the group took over one facet of a metropolis road as they handed City Hall, the State House, and the Public Garden.

Some passing motorists honked in assist, and in a single case, a number of bikers revved their bikes prompting cheers from the group. It was additionally peaceable. The demonstration then gathered in Boston Common, an iconic park within the coronary heart of Boston, some kneeling for a number of minutes in reminiscence of Floyd and elevating their fists within the air.

The peaceable nature of the protests have been in stark distinction to violence and looting that has rocked cities throughout the nation in current days in response to the dying of Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck till he stopped respiration.

People robbed shops Sunday in broad daylight in Philadelphia and Santa Monica, California, and a semitruck drove into an enormous crowd of people who took over a portion of a freeway in Minneapolis. The solely signal of potential bother in Boston was a number of boarded up storefronts.

“They keep killing our people. I’m so sick and tired of it,” mentioned Mahira Louis, 15, who was on the afternoon protest together with her mom and was main chants of “George Floyd, Say His Name.” “On the news, every time we say black lives matter they keep silencing us. Things are going to change. It’s going to change around here. They’re not going to kill black people for no reason.”

Others mentioned the killing of Floyd on high of the coronavirus that has disproportionately hit minor communities in addition to the job losses made it crucial they arrive out and protest.

“The recent events between covid, the killing of George Floyd, the injustices this society is sort of predicated on are just surfacing in a very undeniable ways,” mentioned Silvian Castaneda, a 62-year-old social employee from Medford who got here to the rally with a number of relations and buddies. “We’ve got to do something.”

The security issues of the coronavirus have been additionally on the minds of protesters, many who wore masks however not often practiced social distancing. They have been packed shoulder to shoulder as they marched which had a number of of them a bit of anxious.

“It isn’t comfortable to be at home but it’s really uncomfortable to be here, too, and know you’re doing this in the face of the COVID-19 crisis,” mentioned Vivian Lee, 22, who participated together with her sister and oldsters. “But it requires some discomfort for change,” she mentioned.

A 3rd protest featured church leaders who rallied outdoors Boston Police Headquarters, in line with The Boston Globe. After talking out towards police brutality in addition to earnings inequality and lack of coronavirus testing, the group noticed a second of silence for eight minutes and 49 seconds — the period of time that an officer’s knee was on Floyd’s neck.