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Protests strike a calmer tone

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/03/20, 04:19 am

Protesters in U.S. cities defied curfews again on Tuesday night, but most of the gatherings remained calm. After 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, D.C., demonstrators marched peacefully and booed at one person who took down a street sign from a lamp post. Pastors at St. John’s Church prayed with the protesters and handed out water bottles. Nearly an hour after the 10 p.m. EDT curfew in Orlando, Fla., police still deployed tear gas and smoke to clear out “a few remaining participants” who threw rocks and bottles at them.

What spurred the calmer tactics? Protest organizers have repeatedly implored that vandalism and fires weakened their calls for justice. Several state officials are also joining the conversation on reform. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told a gathering of demonstrators on Tuesday that the police department will review its use of pepper spray and flash-bang grenades during peaceful protests on Monday night.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report on protesters’ demands in Los Angeles.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 04:37 am

    Cow towing to the demands of rioters and BLM radicals when they are defying curfews, rioting, looting and hurting cops will only make matters worse!  The liberal cities need to get some backbone and stop this nonsense.

    We are in the midst of a pandemic and religious rights and the right to assemble are being denied to Christians, yet these radicals are being allowed to march without any social distancing because they are violent and not peaceful!  The media acts as if there is no pandemic where just recently they were bashing Trump because he wouldn't wear a mask! The lunacy that we see today is profound. BLM want to get rid of all police which would lead to anarchy yet World attempts to treat these rioters as rational and civil!  

  • GC
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 12:13 pm

    "BLM want to get rid of all police" seems to be a pretty sweeping accusation. Do you have any documentation for that assertion?

  • PAMom
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 02:19 pm

    I have seen videos of white people spray painting BLM on store fronts while the police sit quietly nearby in their vehicles. Many of these violent rioters are not from the BLM people. They are organized people who are bussed in from other places who are paid to damage property in an effort to incite violence in the peaceful protesters. I have seen photos of many of them with electronic ear pieces. They are in communication with each other and the people who have sent them there. The police have been instructed to stand down by their Democratic mayors. The cities where there have been peaceful protests are mostly run by Republican mayors. These violent riots have been orchestrated to divide the people. United we stand; divided we fall. May the Lord give us wisdom to know how to show the small amount of rioters that we the people stand together and want to build our nation back to the great nation it used to be.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 05:03 pm

    Cyborg3, there are plenty of non-violent protestors, and you should have seen some of them on the news coverage. I believe in most areas there are actually very few violent looting trouble-makers. It is also being credibly reported that non-violent protestors are attempting to police the bad apples in their ranks. But I do agree that liberal politicians are making fools of themselves in their efforts to suck up to the protestors. 

    The violent lawbreakers get disproportionate news coverage because the media needs conflict and chaos to draw viewers. Ratings and viewer numbers are the name of the game, because those translate to advertising revenue. Yes, a lot of our media has other agendas, but I guarantee the MSM managers are focused on profit above all. 

    As far as how World journalists are reporting these events, I would certainly dispute any claims they are mis-reporting, biased, or being deceived by anyone.