- Title: USA: Protesters in Los Angeles turn out for Trayvon Martin rally
- Date: 20th July 2013
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 20, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTS AGAINST NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN SHOOTING DEATH OF UNARMED BLACK TEEN TRAYVON MARTIN BY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IN FLORIDA VARIOUS OF CROWD AT PROTEST POLICE WITH PAN TO CROWD VARIOUS OF CROWD TRAYVON MARTIN T-SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM SMITH, SAYING: "He is a unifying figure for all of us, because all of us, whether we're male or female, as African Americans, or black people in America, have all felt his family's suffering and struggles through the injustice that has taken place in Florida." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER DAVID SILVERSTEIN SAYING: "It reminds us of the divide that's still very great, that we have a lot of work to be done to really bring us together as humanity, that we can't stop paying attention to the divisions, stop paying attention to the injustice, we have to be present, we have to be mindful, and we have to take action, positive, absolutely nonviolent action to bring about a world that works for everybody that honors everybody." TRAYVON MARTIN PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER FAY LEWIS SAYING: "So if we keep marching and keep doing the rallies and speaking our opinion, and voicing our opinion, I believe that they will hear us, especially on this case here, so we can't give up." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER FELICIA WILLIAMS SAYING: "I think it's going to continue on until we get some justice, because we need justice in America. I don't care who it is, whose child it is, we always need justice. There's so many kids dying, it's not only Trayvon Martin." VARIOUS OF PROTEST (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER KARIMA WILLIAMS SAYING: "The injustice is so obvious that you have to be dead to not see it and not realize that people, especially black people, are really badly treated, and now they're being killed on the street, I mean you really have to be dead to not not see what's going on." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAHLANI HOWARD, SAYING: "It was sad because I'm a young black man also and this could've been me or any of my friends, it was kind of disappointing that he wasn't charged for any crimes or anything, so it was pretty sad." VARIOUS OF PROTEST
- Embargoed: 4th August 2013 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime,Accidents,Politics
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- Story Text: Hundreds of protesters gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday (July 20) for a rally to demonstrate against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in Florida.
Many of the protesters expressed anger over the verdict, and said Martin's death served to highligh ongoing racial tensions in the U.S.
"It reminds us of the divide that's still very great, that we have a lot of work to be done to really bring us together as humanity, that we can't stop paying attention to the divisions, stop paying attention to the injustice, we have to be present, we have to be mindful, and we have to take action, positive, absolutely nonviolent action to bring about a world that works for everybody that honors everybody," protester David Silverstein said.
The protests came amidst similar rallies across the country, including New York and Miami, where Martin's parents led demonstrations organized by veteran civil rights activist, the Reverend Al Sharpton.
Sharpton has said that he hopes continued public pressure will force the Justice Department to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman.
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