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Black Lives Matter protesters rally, march in Charlottesville

Protestors in Charlottesville
Updated: Jun. 8, 2020 at 10:59 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Hundreds, if not thousands, of Black Lives Matter protesters marched in downtown Charlottesville Monday evening.

Protestors gathered outside University Baptist Church near the intersection of West Main Street and Jefferson Park Avenue around 4 p.m. The crowd then took a spontaneous march down multiple other streets in Charlottesville before returning to the original location where people gave speeches.

“We have been wanting to just have everybody understand and see us for who we are regardless of our color,” protester Patra Okelo said.

One protester says the message to the police is clear.

“We want to defund the police, we want to end pre-trial investigation, we want to take all of the oppressive power away from the white power structure,” said David Vaughn Straughn.

Another woman is from Africa and says moving to America has been an eye-opening experience..

“I’m afraid to have kids, I'm afraid to raise a child in america just because of the injustice,” Okelo said.

“It took this many black people to die for white people to come out, take over the streets, be frustrated, be offended, be uncomfortable,” Straughn said.

The protesters say now the time has come for more people to stand up for black lives and for justice to be served

“You can smell revolution in the air, it is close,” Straughn said.

The protest is just one of many that have taken place in Charlottesville since the death of George Floyd, who was unarmed when he died in police custody in Minneapolis, and more protests are to come.

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