WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Peaceful protesting continued Sunday afternoon in northeastern Pennsylvania following the death of George Floyd.
Protesters laid on their stomachs on the ground, hands behind their back. The same position George Floyd was in at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.
“There way no knee on the neck and everyone that was down, because I asked them. They said it was getting tougher and tougher as you went,” protester Moustafa Almekey said.
They laid there like that at the square in Wilkes-Barre for nearly nine minutes, the same length of time of the video which shows some of Floyd’s last moments alive.
“It just made you that much more passionate about the subject and it made you that much more realizing, understanding, and sympathizing with our brothers and sisters out there,” Almeky said.
The protest started at Kirby Park. Protesters marched to the town square, walked back to Kirby Park all claiming justice for Floyd. Many raising their signs with powerful messages to the sky for all to see.
“You can’t be born racist. You’re taught it. You grow up learning it and then you choose to be racist or not,” protester Star Brown said.
Many were surprised by the turnout.
“We live in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and I am not always supported as a black person, as a black woman, so to see everybody out here, and pushing so hard for me, for us, for everyone, for my future children, my sisters, my brothers. Everyone for racial equality. It’s been huge,” protest organizer Shaneequah Zigler said.
It remained peaceful, staying focused on the bigger picture.
“People are so concerned about the violence and the ruining of businesses and stuff that they are missing the main message, that we want racial equality,” organizer Nichole Dante said.