ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Organizers of a Black Lives Matter rally in Albuquerque Friday say they deliberately chose an area that has not seen much of the movement in the streets.
“The people that they say quote on quote are out here tearing up the streets and holding businesses hostage, come talk to us because these things aren’t really going on, talk to the people who are really hurting, who can really tell you how to make things a better tomorrow for everyone,” said organizer Laquonte Barry.
When the march rolled into the outdoor mall in ABQ Uptown, demonstrators say many of the stores quickly closed up shop and moved their workers out of sight but the protest remained peaceful all that broke out was an impromptu dance party. Demonstrators say they wanted to send a message this Independence Day.
“For a black person to celebrate the Fourth of July is kinda hypocrisy in a sense because none of our people were free when everybody else was claiming they were independent,” said demonstrator Arthur Bell.
APD was on-site to keep an eye on the situation. They did not interfere with protesters.
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