ST LOUIS — Over a thousand protesters from as far away as Palestine marched in St. Louis on Saturday in support of an 18-year-old killed by a police officer in the nearby suburb of Ferguson and the broader issue of police brutality.
It has been 64 days since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson remains free as a grand jury decides his fate. Protesters feel Wilson should have been indicted and say they won’t stop demonstrating until they feel justice has been served.
The morning march ended with a rally at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. Activist leaders took the stage to give the crowd momentum.
“I’m proud of St. Louis for standing up for this institutional racism,” said rapper Tef Poe, who has been heavily involved with protests in Ferguson.
A few young protesters who have gained notoriety for their activism used their time on stage to thank the audience for supporting the movement and to chant common phrases that have been used during demonstrations, like “hands up, don’t shoot.”
“We in the labor movement understand the meaning of struggle for economic, racial, and social justice… We salute our youth who put their lives on the frontline to expose racial, social, and economic injustices in Ferguson for the whole world to see,” said Mark Esters, 50, from The Coalition of Black Trade Unions.