Hundreds gather in peaceful protest


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Hundreds gathered in the city to participate in a peaceful protest.

This comes as similar protests were held around central Illinois, including in Urbana and Springfield. They are protesting against the recent death of George Floyd and other acts of police brutality. The group in Decatur said this is a moment that goes beyond Floyd’s death. Organizers are focusing on the legacy of civil rights, and say what happens in the present will plant seeds for the future.

Leaders also urged those who are not registered to vote to do so and to be a part of the conversation at city council meetings in order to enact change starting at the community level.

As the group marched, they chanted phrases like “No justice, No peace.”

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