Philly Protest for George Floyd
May 30, protest started at City Hall, marched to the Art Museum where speakers condemned police repression of Black and Brown communities. Mike Africa riled up the crowd recounting police bombing of MOVE home killing 11 people, including 5 children, in 1985.
Thousands of participants marched back to City Hall with their signs, banners and chants. Many continued marching to N. Broad and Vine where cops stopped demonstrators from shutting down the Vine Street Expressway. Cop cars were damaged there, including one that was burned. Later, two more cop cars were lit on fire, and the hated Rizzo statue was covered with red paint and graffiti.
Angry for centuries of oppression, mass incarceration, denial of opportunities for education, housing, health care, and consistent murder of Black and Brown people, people righteously broke windows of major banks and City Hall, put graffiti on many structures and liberated items from a number of stores most poor people are unable to shop at.
As nightfall approached, Mayor Kenny called a curfew.