Following May Day evening’s anti-capitalist march and its rapid devolution into a reported frenetic crazed mess of excessive SPD flash bangs, pepper spray, and some trashcan flipping anarchists, Saturday brought two #Blacklivesmatter protests, demonstrations which received significantly less media coverage than their Friday counterparts. The actions were a show of solidarity with the civil unrest that has rocked Baltimore, originally sparked by the police killing of Freddie Grey. The day’s marches remained peaceful, with no property damage, arrests, or other altercations occurring. Below are photos that were taken at Saturday’s rallies, and look through my tweets for in-the-moment coverage. Also peep some of my shots in today’s Morning Fizz on Publicola.
Protesters move down 23rd.
Protesters move south on 23rd ave.
Residents of a home along 23rd watch march pass by.
Woman outside a home at 23rd & Spruce street shows solidarity while child watches.
March holds silent vigil at intersection of 23rd & Jackson. East on Jackson a white male demanded escorting police officers. “move em,” presumably because he was late.
Silent vigil pt. 2.
Protesters move west on Jackson.
At 16th & Jackson, the march was blocked by SPD officers, who directed the protesters to turn North. A stand-off ensued.
While protest organizers negotiated with SPD to get through the line, this officer, with pepper spray in hand, aggressively told organizers that they were “inciting people.” His colleagues pulled him back.
March turns south on Rainier ave.
Protest organizer & SPD officer exchange terse words as both jockey for street space.
Protesters occupy intersection of Rainier ave & Massachusetts after merging with march originating from Rainier Beach.
Protesters at intersection of Rainier ave & Massachusetts.
Protester gives children the bullhorn at front of the march on Rainier ave.
Children lead march in chant of “whose lives matter? Black lives matter!”
Both groups occupy intersection of Rainier ave & MLK Way for final sit-in. Notice the line of Police vans to the north of the march (around 6 or 7 for 130 protesters).
Child writes “black lives matter” with chalk.
Child draws a crime scene chalk outline at MLK & Rainier ave.
Protesters burn flag to symbolize abandoning “false American idols”
Child blows party toy following flag burning and calls for a dance party. Shortly after SPD forced protesters off the streets with no arrests or use of force, after which the march dispersed.