Nationwide protests continue in the US, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, with demonstrations hitting 100 cities on Saturday as people demand justice for Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot dead by Zimmerman out of apparent self-defense.
National Action Network "Justice for Travon" march from the Federal courthouse in Albany, NY pic.twitter.com/EBVwjdRgcI— Mike McMahon (@RecPhotoMike) July 21, 2013
22:13 GMT: Hundreds of people have marched in
Sacramento calling for "Justice for Travon."
21:26 GMT: Trayvon Martin's cousing addressing the crowd in Seattle.
20:21 GMT: Justice for Travon rally in St. Louis.
19:48 GMT: The demonstration in Atlanta went on despite
the rain as the protesters blocked traffic on surrounding
downtown streets, chanting slogans: “We won't forget” and
“No justice! No peace!''
Signs, saying: “I am Trayvon Martin,” “Enough Is Enough” “Who's next?” were on display, with many people also singing hymns, praying and holding hands.
19:40 GMT: During a protest in Indianapolis, Pastor
Jeffrey Johnson told 200 attendees that the nationwide 'Justice
for Trayvon Martin' action is aimed at making life safer for
young black men, who are still endangered by racial profiling.
"The verdict freed George Zimmerman, but it condemned America more," a member of the board of directors of the National Action Network it cited as saying by AP.
19:11 GMT: Around a 1,000 people have participated in the Trayvon Martin rally, which concluded in Washington, DC, the US media reports.
18:27 GMT: Up to 500 people have attended the 'Justice for
Trayvon Martin' rally in Miami, organizers from Al Sharpton's
National Action Network said.
18:02 GMT: The organizers of the Trayvon Martin rallies
stressed that they want a peaceful action, without clashes and
17:55 GMT: "I've got four beautiful daughters. I want
them to look forward rather than behind their backs," Harlem
resident Maria Lopez, 31, told Reuters during the Trayvon Martin
rally in New York.
17:33 GMT: Thousands of 'Justice for Trayvon Martin' rally participants march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Occupy Wall Street reports.
17:31 GMT: During his speech at the New York rally,
protest organizer Reverend Al Sharpton said he wants the Justice
Department to pursue a federal civil rights case against
"We are not coming out with violence, we are coming to denounce violence. The violence that was perpetrated against an unarmed, innocent man named Trayvon Martin," he stressed.
17:30 GMT: Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, has attended a rally in New York, promising to create foundation in her son’s name to help “other victims of senseless guns violence.”
“They need to change the laws that we all know need changing, because they don’t work for us,” she said.
The woman stressed that her child wasn’t perfect, but he was no burglar, adding that she’s “still the proud mother of Trayvon Martin.”
"Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours," she warned.
17:24 GMT: Jacksonville, Florida has become one of the 100 American cities where a rally demanding justice for Trayvon Martin is taking place.
17:22 GMT: Protesters chant 'We want justice, not more votes' in Los Angeles
16:50 GMT: Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, said he would
be fighting to change Florida's Stand Your Ground laws as he
attended a rally in Miami.
"We will do everything we can to make sure there's change, that's our promise to our son's memory," he said.
He stressed that he was "deeply touched" by the support he received since the acquittal verdict for Zimmerman last weekend, urging the demonstrators to “stand strong”.
"Trayvon could have been anyone's child. That's the message that's being sent to the world," Martin added.
16:37 GMT: Pop-stars Beyonce and Jay Z have arrived for
the ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin’ rally, taking place in the New
@MikePrysner This is the dumbest thing I've ever watched. And I've seen a lot.— ninethousandone (@icpchad) July 17, 2013