Protests Draw Shoulder-to-Shoulder Crowds After Months of Virus Isolation

Protests Draw Shoulder-to-Shoulder Crowds After Months of Virus Isolation
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CHICAGO — For days, Kate Dixon, has been watching the videos of demonstrations from her home in a Denver suburb: the images of young people packed shoulder to shoulder, the crowds shouting in unison on downtown streets, the occasional détente between protester and police officer that ends in a hug.

“You want that to be a wonderful moment,” said Ms. Dixon, a stay-at-home mother who has been sewing face masks in her spare time. “But your heart just hurts at all the illness this could be causing.”

In the last week, the United States has abruptly shifted from one crippling crisis to the next. Most Americans had been under stay-at-home orders for months to slow the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions that were gradually eased throughout May, freeing people in many states to begin venturing back into shops and restaurants.

Then came Memorial Day in Minneapolis, when George Floyd, a black man, died after pleading that he could not breathe as a white police officer pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck. His death has prompted cascading protests in hundreds of cities, where demonstrators have called for an end to police brutality and racist institutions.

Source: NY TIMES

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