LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Thousands of demonstrators against racism and police violence marched Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
The LAPD estimates that about 20,000 people attended the event, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Los Angeles in recent days.
Representatives from Black Lives Matter, BLD PWR and local rapper YG attended the event, as well as people of different races and ages.
Large-scale protests followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on the 25th. Mei, who died shortly after an officer held his knee around Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
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The roads of Hollywood were always moving from 7 p.m. onwards and most of them seemed to wear face masks, although they were still close together. The presence of police in the area is negligible, some people volunteer to control the movement, while others march, sing and distribute water to the protesters, bravely overcome the heat.
After 10 p.m. the group was much smaller, because some demonstrators gathered around the improvised monument.
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Meanwhile, National Guard troops left the Los Angeles area Sunday night, eight days after being deployed to control unrest in the city, said the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti.
POWERFUL: The California National Guard leaves Los Angeles after a week of peaceful demonstrations.
In other parts of Southern California there have been smaller demonstrations and rallies where groups have sought justice for Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African-American police murder victims.
Los Angeles County
Up to 300 protesters outside Los Angeles City Hall, moving between Spring Street and Grand Park during the day. On Sunday morning, Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore, parents and students from LAPD headquarters marched to City Hall to build blue bridges to bridge the gap between the community and police officers.
In West Hollywood a small group turned into hundreds of demonstrators marching to Santa Monica Boulevard.
Thousands of demonstrators also came to Compton on foot, motorcycle and horseback to take part in the Compton Peace March.
Demonstrators gathered peacefully in East Los Angeles on Mariachi Plaza and in Beverly Hills on bicycles.
In Venice, a rally was held around the theme of memory and civil rights on the contribution of coloured people to society.
A large group gathered in Glendale for a candlelight vigil and a march in honour of victims of police violence.
Demonstrations took place near the Huntington Beach Police Department and at the Huntington Beach Wharf. A thousand people gathered in Fullerton. Small groups have also met in Santa Ana and Newport Beach.
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