The protest reached Columbus Circle just before 4 p.m. As the demonstrators approached the Trump International Hotel and Tower there, they turned their anger to the president, yelling, “Vote him out!” The protesters collectively took a knee and raised their fists, observing a minute of silence before rising and marching up Central Park West.
Thousands turn out in Spokane, Wa., to protest “a virus that’s been going on for 400 years.”
In Spokane, the second largest city in the state of Washington, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Riverfront Park, the site of the 1974 World’s Fair.
Unlike a similar demonstration last week which resulted in violence, looting and arrests in Spokane, the Sunday gathering was largely peaceful. Uniformed police weren’t visible in the crowd, but a contingent of riot-equipped officers guarded the Spokane County Courthouse and adjoining Public Safety Building which serves as headquarters for both the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Most of the demonstrators appeared to be young and the majority were wearing masks.
An ad hoc group called “Spokane Street Medics,” composed of volunteer physicians, nurses and emergency aid workers, handed out free masks.
Marcus Shadwick, a 23-year-old African-American, said he considers it unfortunate that the pandemic lurks in the background of the Black Lives Matter movement, which he supports. He wasn’t wearing a mask, saying he left his at home. “I do feel though that people should be wearing masks.” He hoped to get a giveaway mask.
“I think these protests are bigger than any virus,” Mr. Shadwick said. “These protests are a cure for a virus that’s been going on for 400 years,” he said, referring to systemic racism.
His twin brother, Marquis Shadwick, standing nearby, said he showed up also without a mask “just to get my voice heard” and to speak out against “a corrupt police system and people not understanding that racism exists.”