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100,000-plus join protests called by National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

By staff |
June 2, 2020
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Chicago, IL - In cities across the country, more than a 100,000 people responded to the call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression to make May 30 a Day of Protest against the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery by police and vigilantes.

Protesters demanded that Floyd’s, Taylor’s and Arbery’s killers be arrested and jailed, while the millions who are trapped in prisons, jails, and immigrant detention centers be freed from the threat of COVID-19. Finally, the many thousands who lifted their voices demanded the inalienable democratic right for communities to decide who polices them and how they are policed.

Cities participating in the Alliance’s National Day of Action included, Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami and Pensacola, FL; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN; Saint Louis, MO; New York, NY; Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Dallas, Austin and Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA, and Milwaukee, WI.

Everywhere, protesters marching against police violence were met with police forces who brutalized them - gassing, beating, shooting and arresting thousands.

A statement from the Alliance noted, “The lethal barbarism of America’s militarized system of racism and repression was on full display for the world to see. This only underscores the urgency behind the Alliance’s demand for elected community control of the police – in order to prevent the next George Floyd! In order to ensure that millions of Black and brown people are never again corralled into prisons and left to die! And in order to defend our right to organize for systemic change against a regime that is killing us! Because one thing was made clear on Saturday: If we are to enjoy any democratic rights in this country, we must have community control of the police now!”

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