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Rochester protest for George Floyd

Jordyn Reed
Updated: May 29, 2020 10:49 PM
Created: May 29, 2020 09:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) - More than 150 people gathered in downtown Rochester on Friday afternoon, marching from Soldiers Field to the steps of the Government Center building.

Their message was clear, change has to happen and they won't be silent. Many carrying signs, dressed in all black and chanting in unison. 

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"They need a voice," Ashley Olson, one of the protest's organizers, said. "I believe silence is just as bad as not doing anything. We need to be loud, we need to be proud, that we love each other, and we need to show that we support everyone."

After leaving the Government Center, the protestors went down 4th St. SE for a bit then looped back around before heading back to Soldiers Field. 

"I don't have to be scared to do basic things like walk down the street or have my hands in my pockets when I go places," Olson said. "I don't have to be scared and some people do. And I'm privileged and I'm using that to make a change, to make it safer for everyone." 

Once the protestors gathered back at Soldiers Field, people started sharing personal stories about what this protest meant to them.

"We are equal I am the same, you are the same and you are the same," one called out. "And we need to love each other as so."


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