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Newark Protests Keep the Peace and Make the Point

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, Saturday ,in the shadow of the 1967 riots that devastated the city , thousands of protesters filled Market Street on Saturday to protest police brutality. Signs listing the names of black men and women who died at the hands of police lined posters and T-shirts. George Floyd’s name was shouted alongside the chant “I can’t breathe.”

Floyd is the Minneapolis man who died after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while arresting him. A video of the incident has gone viral and sparked protests and in some cities, riots, across the country.

Protesters in Newark were determined to maintain a peaceful showing as the city looks to continue to progress past a painful history marked by the riots of 1967. To show solidarity with the city, Mayor Ras Baraka hit the streets alongside protesters, holding signs that read “Justice for George Floyd.”

The 1967 Newark riots was one of 159 race riots that swept cities in the United States during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967”. This riot occurred in Newark, New Jersey, between July 12 and July 17, 1967. Over the four days of rioting, looting, and property destruction, 26 people died and hundreds were injured.

The protest lasted well over four hours, with speakers perched on the steps of the historic courthouse. College students, mothers, teens and activists took turns passing around bull horns and microphones. The speakers shared pain and hope through poems and speeches.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Newark Protests Keep the Peace and Make the Point

  1. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE DEMONSTRATORS FOR SHOWING YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR GEORGE FLOYD IN A MATURE AND PEACEFUL WAY, LETS PRAY FOR PEACE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL OF US. AGAIN THANK YOU.

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  2. Yes be professional don’t damage anything and you’ll get your powerful message across. No one has the right to damage anything. Be kind ,A professional, be smart, be nice, we could change for the better

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  3. You had support until you started looting, now your message is lost and losing support fast. I assure you, you will beg for your police force back if the federal government steps in federalizes the military and takes control to stop the looting.

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  4. You mean our marijuana smoking, oral sex & underage sexting thugs idling behind tinted windows in our police cars ? Those guys who’ve already betrayed our public trust?

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  5. OK to gather in groups of 1000+ for BLM protests.
    Not OK to gather in groups for Chruch.
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    Seems about right to me…
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  6. The thug looters need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
    Stealing and rioting has nothing to do with what happenned in Minnesota.
    Burning down businesses that have nothing to do with it sends a message to places like Target that were looted and destroyed…. close the store.. dont rebuild… no benefit to doing business in the inner city where residents TOLERATE this lawlessness. Just like the scumbags did to CVS in Baltimore.

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  7. All I can say is don’t damage my property if so I will probably Break your ass

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