Sea Of Black Lives Matter Protesters March Across The Golden Gate Bridge

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June 06, 2020 - 1:20 pm

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Protesters ready to march across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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A huge crowd of protestors descended on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to decry police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death at the knee of law enforcement.

Traffic on the bridge slowed both ways as many cars honked in support of the rally. Some were even hanging out of their windows and holding signs of their own while driving.

Many protesters made their way onto the roadway as officers tried to get them back to the sidewalks. At one point, officers in riot gear came on to the span in an effort to clear the road and organize the rally. Traffic began moving in both directions again after about 45 minutes.

This impromptu rally was organized just Friday by 17-year-old Tiana Day, who just graduated from high school.

Crowds with signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" stretched from one end of the bridge to the other. Thousands were estimated to be there and many waited over an hour along the bike path on the city's side of the bridge for the opportunity to march across the span.

"I've never seen anything like this in my life having all these people walking over here with all different colors, different backgrounds, different walks of life," attendee Nate Kane said. "It's amazing to see everybody all together in this. It's amazing. Seeing people standing up for injustice, seeing people standing up for police brutality and the unrest of 500 years of oppression and 300 years of slavery. This is beautiful. People are awakening in 2020."

Kane carried a poster of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick dressed as Captain America and taking a knee.

This past week saw several protests around the Bay Area, including one attended by over 10,000 people in San Francisco’s Dolores Park.

Large protests were expected around the country this weekend and around the world as a memorial service took place Saturday in North Carolina for the 46-year-old Floyd.

Protesters march across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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