A large crowd of protesters has descended upon a northeast neighborhood in Washington, D.C., taking over the streets, on Saturday night in a symbol of solidarity with their coun…
A large crowd of protesters has descended upon a northeast neighborhood in Washington, D.C., taking over the streets, on Saturday night in a symbol of solidarity with their counterparts in Ferguson, Missouri, who called for justice for Mike Brown earlier during the day.
The Washington protesters chanted: “Whose streets? Mike’s Streets” and “We’re young, we’re strong, we’re marching all night long” as they walked down H Street northeast, at one point hitting the Bladensburg Road intersection, with police not far away.
"H Street shut it down, racist cops, shut it down," they sang while shaking tambourines, clapping and drumming.
The protest was being live-streamed on UStream.
Protesters also took to Twitter with the hashtag #DCFerguson.
The crowd, carrying signs that say “Am I Next?” and “Justice for Mike Brown,” has stopped traffic and some drivers are honking at the protesters. A man on the live-stream video said the march has halted two Greyhound buses from driving. The rally is a grassroots effort, said a man on a bullhorn who seemed to be leading the protest.
Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by a police offer on August 9. His death sparked multiple protests in the St. Louis suburb of Missouri, some of which were met with tear gas and tanks. People in other U.S. cities have also marched in response, calling for justice for Brown as well as an end to racial inequality.
On Saturday morning, hundreds of protesters in Ferguson, led by Brown’s parents and family members, began their peaceful march on West Florissant Avenue, which has become the center of several demonstrations since Brown’s death.