Although Stephanie Rawling-Blake set the curfew, protesters continued their activities during the night in Baltimore, where 10 people were arrested at 10pm. Nevertheless, protests for the death of Freddie Gray are going beyond the borders of Baltimore and are touching all the States. The movement “Black Lives Matter” – founded last summer after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson – got back at protesting in many cities as Washington, New York, Boston and Minneapolis.
In NY, at least 100 people were arrested because 3,500 protesters blocked a tunnel during a manifestation organized by Millions March NYC. In Minneapolis, 1,500 protesters organized a pacific parade led by a group of Afro-Americans carrying a coffin to symbolize all the young people killed within the last months. In Washington, hundreds of people challenged the White House.
In Baltimore, the epicenter of manifestations was in the west of the city and tension reached its highest peak when officers responded with tear gas to thrown objects. Local police officers and 2,000 officers of the National Guard controlled the whole city.
In the morning, the crowd had already gathered in front of the CVS, which was destroyed during the first slashes. Some people of the local community gathered in front of the office with brooms and dustpans to “clean” the city. Until sunset, spontaneous parades continued and the slogan “No justice, No peace” continued echoing.
“Unfortunately, deaths connected to police are too numerous lately. It is now clear that it is not isolated cases – in Ferguson and NY – this is a general matter,” declared Barack Obama, and he stated again that “it is necessary for everyone to put some effort in it, it not just up to the Department of Justice and the police”.
Officers are worried because of what may happen on Friday; on this day, local authorities said they would made the report about Freddie Gray’s death public. Moreover, the minister of Justice, Loretta Lynch, announced that her department has officially opened an investigation on the case that caused so much violence.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa