ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The community gathered at Civic Plaza on Friday morning in a peaceful demonstration for Black Lives Matter. The event also commemorates Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery. Hundreds of people were given chalk to draw encouraging messages and pictures of hope in support of the BLM movement.
“There’s always been events going on around Juneteenth, around the city of Albuquerque and it’s just kind of empowering that people do realize what it stands for and what it means to the community, and being that everyone’s now accepting it just seems great,” said protester Alex Horton.
Balloons were also handed out so protesters could write more messages of support. The balloons were later released.
Protesters say it’s uplifting to see the community come together to rally around each other. “This is how it should be, people of all shapes, size, colors, with one belief that you know, human rights is for everyone,” said Protester Loula Saint-Lot.
The demonstration concluded with an eight-minute, 46-second moment of silence. That’s the same amount of time George Floyd was pinned to the ground.