Dec 5 in NYC: High School Students Protest, Die-Ins Disrupt Shopping

December 6, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper |


In NYC on Dec 5, protests around Manhattan continued for a 3rd night despite a cold rain.

Photo: Twitter via @RaySanchezNY


Students, including many Black students from Gramercy Arts protested at Union Square. They carried signs: “Welcome to amerKKKa where being Black is the biggest crime,” and a sign with a noose with the words “I can’t breathe” inside. One student declared “This is not the world we want to live in.”

Other protesters staged a die-in at 9:15 PM at Grand Central Station – a major commuter terminal in and out of New York City.

In mid-town, marchers blocked traffic at Times Square for ten minutes. Hundreds of protesters marched into the Apple store and Macy's – disrupting holiday shopping with die-ins. Signs included “This Stops Today – Eric Garner,” and “I can’t’ breathe.” Protesters in the stores chanted “Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Shut it Down! Shut it Down!” and “Black lives matter!” Many shoppers were supportive, and CNN reported that Macys’ management made a decision not to interfere with the protests. As marchers tied up traffic in mid-town Manhattan, cab drivers honked and held their hands out of their windows in approval. Other protesters attempted to shut down the Manhattan Bridge and the FDR Drive and were blocked by police who made arrests.

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