After Nearly Two Weeks Of Protesting, Crowds Have Only Gotten Bigger
Protests against the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have only grown in size in the nearly two weeks since they began, according to CNN, with demonstrations on Saturday drawing some of the largest crowds.
The news outlet noted that significant numbers of protesters gathered in Washington, DC, on Saturday but added that “chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ were not only heard in US this weekend, but in cities around the globe, including in France, Germany, England, Australia and Canada.”
Protests have continued despite the dangers of COVID-19, as “the peaceful crowds decrying police brutality and demanding both justice for George Floyd and sweeping changes within the country's policing systems continue to swell in size."
CNN highlighted protesters in DC who marched on Sunday to the portion of 16th Street — recently declared Black Lives Matter Plaza — where they “participated in a lie-in while chanting, ‘I can't breathe’ -- echoing the words of Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.”
Also noted was a protest in Southern California, where many protesters were Latino, and their plan “to caravan from Compton to the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters.”
Protest organizer Ron Gochez said the event was meant to be inclusive but socially distant in light of the pandemic: "Covid-19 is real. We wanted people to be careful. That's why this is another way we can show our solidarity with the black community and the movement against police terrorism."