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Demand for Change protests continue in Miami

Three rallies peaceful in Broward County Saturday

'Whose streets? Our streets,' Miami protesters chant
'Whose streets? Our streets,' Miami protesters chant

Two groups of protesters converged and marched through the streets of Miami Saturday during another weekend of demonstrations.

What has become a daily occurrence at the Torch of Friendship at Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard, where groups meet to begin demonstrations, Saturday the gathering began at 3 p.m.

Another group, at the historically Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum on 480 N.W. 11th Street, in Overtown, met at the same time.

Dozens soon turned into hundreds of protesters as they marched for hours, spending much of their time in the Wynwood neighborhood. At one point, the protesters could be heard chanting “Whose streets? Our streets.”

Because of Friday night’s protests that ended up spilling onto the highways and blocking traffic in Brickell, police closed off entrance ramps to I-95 nearby as a precaution.

A drive-in peace rally at the Northside SDA Church, on NW 119th Street, drew more than 100 cars to the church’s parking lot.

In Broward County, protests in Lauderhill, Pompano Beach, and Lauderdale Lakes went on peacefully.

Protests in Broward County
Protests in Broward County

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in front of Lauderhill City Hall calling for an end to policy brutality. Two different groups met up on West Oakland Park Boulevard and marched together to the city hall.

Protesters also rallied in Pompano Beach at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center.

In Lauderdale Lakes, about 150 people, led by the pastor of First Baptist Church Piney Grove, called for justice and an end to discrimination.

More rallies are planned in both counties for Sunday including a counter-protest in Miami by a group called the Law Abiding Citizens’ Coalition.

About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.