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'There is still more work to do': Protesters rally by column where Confederate statue used to stand

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 23:33:59-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Marchers with Freedom Fridays 757 want to see an end to police brutality in the city.

“We have other members that’s a part of the organization that’s dealt with injustices with police here in Norfolk, so we are not happy about that,” says organizer Nicole Sanders.

So, they put their frustrations on signs and in chants and marched throughout Norfolk.

From Lafayette Park to the Martin Luther King memorial on Church Street, Norfolk Police escorted marchers on the two-and-a-half mile walk. Then, marchers continued to Waterside and had a brief break at the Confederate monument at Commercial Place.

The statue on top of the 80 ft. tall column was removed Friday morning as a safety precaution after a protester in Portsmouth was injured when he was hit by a piece of the city's monument during a protest Wednesday night.

“He started a movement. We are paying homage to him as well,” Sanders adds.

She says says what happened to Chris Green could’ve happened to anyone who is on the front line fighting for change and says because of that, they won’t stop.

“The distance is to let them know that we are in it for the long haul, and we are going to continue to walk,” she adds.

The organization says you can plan to see them marching throughout the area every Friday until they see some change.

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