A group of activists has taken action against the Ferguson grand jury verdict in New York by disrupting an annual Thanksgiving parade in a planned #stoptheparade flash mob. At least seven people have been arrested, police say.
Information on the possible disruption of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – which features thousands of costumed participants taking to the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the holiday to lively tunes – first appeared a day ahead of the event.
Activists in New York City decided to interrupt the parade in a protest against this week's grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of Michael Brown.
A group of two dozen activists gathered in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, discussing plans to interfere with the processions, according to the New York Post. “The police aren't going to arrest us and they are not going to shoot us,” an organizer said, as quoted by the newspaper.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast live on national television, with an audience of millions watching the event throughout the country. There have been reports on Twitter that the NYPD has told news stations not to show the protest.
The flash mob has attracted more activists through social media, with the hashtag #stoptheparade quickly gaining traction.
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Protesters took to the streets carrying banners which read, "No Justice No Peace" and "Black Lives Matter," along with other banners.
Streets across the country – New York City included – have been flooded with activists since the announcement of the jury verdict on Monday. In New York, no major resentment between police and protesters was reported.
At least seven people – one woman and six men – were reportedly taken into custody after being arrested along the parade route on Thursday.
Some 400 protesters have been arrested over the past three days across the US, with people taking to the streets in over 170 cities throughout the country. New York saw one of the largest rallies on Tuesday, with thousands gathering in Manhattan's Union Square. On the West Coast, some 200 activists were detained in Los Angeles, as police ordered rallies off the streets.
Republished with permission from Russia Today