Protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis continued in dozens of U.S. cities Saturday, and Boston was no exception: After demonstrations here on Friday night resulted in 10 arrests and injuries to four officers, crowds of protesters came out again on Saturday afternoon and evening in downtown Boston.
Adding to the unrest was a State House protest by the group “Super Happy Fun America,” best known for sponsoring last August’s “Straight Pride Parade.” This time they were calling for Gov. Charlie Baker to repeal all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the state immediately, an effort that drew a sizable counter-protest from demonstrators concerned about the spread of the deadly virus and its disproportionate impact on people of color.
Later in the evening, the police brutality protests drew more contentious, as captured by protesters on cell phone video and posted to Twitter. Meanwhile, “Justice for George,” a “socially distanced” protest to “demand justice for George [Floyd] and support the Black Lives Matter movement” is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Government Center.
Below, see images and video from the dueling protests.
— Hector Galarza🌴 (@GalarzaHector71) May 31, 2020
Scene from #bostonprotest yesterday. Mind you, the D4 building is directly across the street from the Cathedral Projects in the South End. A place where gentrification has had the same policy of removal as these cops in this video. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/W6qpk7RDtj
— Kevin Tobin (@kevintobin31) May 31, 2020
— Lisa Marie (@lisamw11) May 30, 2020
— cat (@Unexpected_Cat) May 30, 2020