New York protestors have rejected Mayor De Blasio’s request to stop protesting until after the funerals of two murdered NYC police officers.
The protestors have staged regular demonstrations since the Staten Island grand jury did not indict an officer who was video taped choking Eric Garner. Garner was selling untaxed cigarettes.
“We are in a very difficult moment. Our focus has to be on these families,” de Blasio said Monday at police headquarters. “I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in all due time.”
Reverand Al Sharpton told Reuters DeBlasio’s request was too vague. “Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?” Sharpton asked.
Another group, The Answer Coalition, said it would go ahead with a long-planned march Tuesday evening, and denounced the mayor for what it called an “outrageous” attempt to chill free speech. The New York Post reported that a few dozen protesters staged a “die-in” at Grand Central Terminal before marching toward Times Square.
“We will not let recent tragic moments derail this movement,” one protester shouted. “This is the revolution and we will not be repressed.”