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Marchers fill Central in protest of George Floyd’s death


A participant holds an “I can\’t breathe” sign during a rally in Albuquerque to protest against police brutality in light of the recent death of George Floyd. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds marched down Central on Sunday evening in protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man killed as police in Minnesota took him into custody.

Marchers started at the University of New Mexico and blocked most of Central as they made their way west to Robinson Park in Downtown Albuquerque, chanting “I can’t breathe.” Many carried homemade signs. “Being black is not a death sentence,” read one; “silence is violence,” read another.

The group reached Robinson Park, at 8th and Central, around 8 p.m. They observed a moment of silence, many raising a fist in the air, before turning back toward UNM.

The crowd began to disperse when the march made it back to University and Cenral, where the protest began. About half of the crowd made it to Central and Girard, but the group turned around and gathered briefly at Johnson Field on the UNM campus. Only a handful of protesters were walking on Central by 9:30 p.m.

The protest remained peaceful and there were no clashes with police by that time.

Earlier in the evening, many turned out for a candlelight vigil organized by the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice in Floyd’s honor.