Midnight has passed in New York and Washington DC, and evening in Los Angeles, but large crowds are still on the streets in both cities, and sentiment is high.
in New York, The demonstrators march through Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. The curfew was at 8 pm, but there was no heavy police presence tonight, and the police did not enforce the curfew with arrests like this week.
The protesters have been walking for hours now. Some organizers and leaders maintain their spirits with chants of advocacy and response such as “do not participate, we are united, we are peaceful” and “united, the people will never be defeated.”
“The system will not win,” one of the protesters told CNN. “People have a voice now and they are listening to us. They are listening to us because we are united. They are listening to us because things like this happen in the middle of Manhattan, where thousands and thousands of people are dressed. We must let injustice happen anymore.”
In Washington, D.C. CNN correspondent Alex Markad said at the scene, the crowds are huge tonight – perhaps the largest since they started.
The curfew was lifted earlier this week, and the protests remain peaceful. People gather on the edge of Lafayette Park, near the White House, and take photos with a new street sign that says “Black Lives Matter Plaza”.
Marquette said that there are some law enforcement and National Guard members on the horizon – but nowhere near the aggressive numbers seen earlier in the week.
In Los Angeles, The curfew was also lifted, and the protests remained peaceful with mood light tonight.
CNN correspondent Lucy Kavanov said at the scene that the protesters, who numbered at least 1,000 people, are diverse. She described the vision of “members of Asian society, Hispanic society, white, black, gay, and everyone else.”
“The atmosphere of society is really noticeable,” she said. “There are a lot of people walking around distributing snacks, masks, hand sanitizers and food to the protesters … One of the beautiful things that we saw on the human level is, as they pass through the different apartment buildings, people go out to their porches, they start clapping and pans in solidarity with the protest.”