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Athens BLM Protesters Show Solidarity With Kenosha

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A group of over 100 protesters came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Athens on Tuesday.

In solidarity with protests around the country after police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back in Kenosha, WI, protesters gathered in front of City Hall at 8 p.m. Organized by Athens-Clarke County commissioner and activist Mariah Parker, the event also featured several other speakers who spoke about the injustices they’ve experienced and encouraged those there to continue the fight and continue to show support for the movement. 

The event also garnered a small group of mostly unmasked protesters showing support for police with their own portable loudspeaker. BLM protesters contended with the competing noise with the crowd repeating the words of speakers, line by line, to amplify what was being said. 

The event ended with a march from City Hall through downtown Athens, with the crowd of protesters passing by several busy college bars with outdoor crowds.