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Seventh Black Lives Matter Protest Displays Unity, Urges Change

Elizabeth Gabriel


For the seventh night in a row, at least 400 people gathered in Eugene to protest the killing of George Floyd. But the protesters remained unified and peaceful.

Beginning at 6pm, people met at the Eugene Federal Courthouse. From there, protesters marched arm in arm across the city, filling the streets as they walked toward 7th Ave. 

At one point, marchers said a white citizen walked near the group with a gun holstered in his pants. But that didn’t stop protesters.

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Hundreds lay on the ground in front of the I-105 freeway.

At 9:10pm, all of the protesters laid on the ground, blocking the entrance to the I-105 freeway. Bodieslaid there for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—the amount of time a white police officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd.

Their last stop included speeches outside some of the businesses that were vandalized last week. Organizers said they’re creating a fund to help with damages.

Marches said they will be holding multiple events throughout Friday. One of them includes meeting at Kesey Square at 3pm to make signs and ask businesses to hang them in their windows around Eugene.


Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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