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Hours after grand jury announcement, protesters shut down NYC bridges

Hundreds of people started gathering in Union Square Monday night, Nov. 24, awaiting the announcement of the verdict in the Darren Wilson case, all anticipating what we already knew in our hearts that murdered youth Mike Brown would not receive any justice.

By 9 p.m. EST, when the Ferguson, Mo., press conference began, a crowd of nearly 1,000 community members of all ages and backgrounds had gathered. The second the verdict was announced, an immense outcry arose from the crowd.

Chants like “No Justice, No Peace!,” “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and “Justice for Mike Brown!” could be heard all throughout the streets. The crowd began marching north up major intersections and quickly grew into a few thousand people covering about 10 city blocks in length.

Led primarily by young people, the march went down whatever avenue it saw fit with total disregard to the NYPD’s attempts to disperse the crowd. After nearly four hours of marching, the crowd made it all the way to Harlem, where community members joined in without hesitation and others banged pots and chanted from their windows in solidarity with the marchers.

Finally, the demonstrators took over the Triboro Bridge, sitting down in protest, chanting, “No justice for Mike Brown means we have to shut it down!”

Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation and thousands of others this evening, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in Union Square for a mass rally to demand justice for Mike Brown and all victims of police repression.


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