SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of cities across the US to protest at the killings of unarmed black men by police and call on politicians to act. Organisers expected the rallies to be among the largest seen over the lethal actions of officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri.
Protesters in Washington carried placards reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Who do you protect? Who do you serve”. Marchers shouted “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “Hands up, don’t shoot”.
Protesters in Washington were expected to arrive by bus from as far away as Florida, Connecticut and Pittsburgh. The rally blocked Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the US Capitol.
The march in New York, the crowd headed north up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from Washington Square Park and was due to end at the city’s police headquarters. Some chanted “How do you spell racist? NYPD” and some taunted police guarding the route. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Boston, Massachusetts.