MOSCOW, November 27 (Sputnik) - New York Police arrested several protesters who were said to have broken from their designated route and clashed with officers Thursday morning, New York City’s Pix 11 reports.
A group of about 50 protesters had gathered to protest in downtown Manhattan not far from the location of the Macy’s Day Parade, following a spontaneous protest march by thousands the night before in New York and other cities across the US which caused traffic disruptions and dozens of arrests.
Police said that on Thursday, several of the protesters had decided to break from their designated route, allegedly overturning a trash can and attempting to run toward the parade floats, Pix 11 said. Fox News affiliate WNYW had also reported that the protesters had allegedly thrown ‘an object’ from a building near the parade route.
Seven people were reported to have been handcuffed and loaded onto a police bus, with other protesters remaining to continue their protest.
Gathering under the Twitter hashtag #stoptheparade, the protesters carried signs protesting the St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury’s ruling not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, as well as the recent police-shooting deaths of Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and Tamil Brown.
Protests have raged across the United States and elsewhere over the grand jury decision not to charge Wilson, which protesters said were symptomatic of larger problems in the US criminal justice system, and its purported discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities. Protests this week have taken the form of spontaneous street protests, and this week has also turned into a social media campaign against the traditional Black Friday holiday shopping sale.