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Published on July 8th, 2016 | by Shar Bates

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Hundreds in Atlanta March on Peachtree Against the Recent Police Brutality and Piedmont Park Lynching!!!

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Things are starting to get heavy in Black Hollywood as activists and community leaders are gathering together one by one to fight against police brutality!!

According to AJC:

Hundreds are marching through Midtown Atlanta to protest police shootings around the country.

The hundred or so protesters who began Thursday night’s Black Lives Matter march at Five Points had swelled to more than 400 by about 8:20 p.m. when the first wave arrived at Piedmont Park’s main entrance on 10th Street.

Marchers entered the park chanting “no justice, no peace; no racist police.”



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A woman with a baby on her chest in a carrier and a 4-year-old in a stroller said this is her first protest.

Emmy Mathis said she isn’t afraid of violence.

“They go everywhere with me,” she said of her kids.

Most people said the march was organized after the discovery of a hanged man in Piedmont Park on Thursday morning. Another march was scheduled for Centennial Park on Friday, but the local death pushed this event up by one day.

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This message is more about love than hate, Jasmin Forts said. She pointed to her 6-year-old son when asked if she’s worried about the protest turning violent.

“I wouldn’t have brought my son if I thought there’d be violence,” she said.

This isn’t her first BlackLivesMatter protest.

“I think a lot of time there’s provocation and misunderstanding that incites violence,” Forts said.

She believes the people here are sharing a message of love and solidarity.

“I think people want to be heard,” she said. “There’s more love in the message than hate.”

 

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