29 Photos From the Baltimore Protests That Shut Down New York City

29 Photos From the Baltimore Protests That Shut Down New York City
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NEW YORK — Hundreds of people marched through the streets of New York City Wednesday night, carrying signs and chanting "No justice, no peace" and "Hands up, don't shoot," to show their solidarity with Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department.

Just days after a series of protests and violent disturbances rocked the city of Baltimore, demonstrators across the country marched under the growing banner of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as the newly minted #BaltimoreRiseUp movement.


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In New York, protesters gathered in Union Square and moved through the streets and sidewalks of the city, shutting down the outbound Holland Tunnel and West Side Highway following early loudspeaker warnings from the march's organizers that people marching in the streets would be arrested.

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Police officers erected barricades and formed lines in Union Square, separating the protest into several groups that marched throughout the city. 

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Officers wore riot helmets and carried batons, and the department repeatedly informed protesters those marching in the streets would be subject to arrest. Ultimately, CBS2 reports over 100 people were eventually arrested throughout the evening; Mic witnessed several arrests, none of which appeared to involve significant resistance on the part of protesters.

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