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USA: Students stage walkout in honour of Michael Brown

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Published on Aug 25, 2014

Video ID: 20140825-050

W/S Students standing on steps of Hendricks Chapel with their hands up
W/S Students standing on steps of Hendricks Chapel with their hands up
C/U Name tag reading "Hello my name is Mike Brown"
SOT Student protester (in English): "What can you do now that will also protect our children in the future, our grandchildren in the future, because as of right no I'm afraid to have a child in this society where my son could walk down the street and be profiled and potentially killed because of the colour of his skin."
M/S Students walking towards Hendricks Chapel
SOT Protest organisers (in English): "I think the system is to blame. Whether or not you can point a finger at a specific person, the fact of the matter is the laws of this country, all of our institutions are built on a foundation that hundreds of years ago was going on in the belief that people of colour weren't people. And though there have been amendments, of course things have changed, deep down you're still gonna have problems if that's what your country was founded on."
W/S Students at Syracuse University campus
W/S Syracuse University campus

SCRIPT

Students of New York’s Syracuse University walked out of their first day of classes at 1pm local time (5pm GMT), Monday, in solidarity with what would have been Michael Brown's first day of classes had he not been killed by a police officer in Ferguson on August 9. Similar protests took place across the US.

Students gathered on the steps of the Hendricks chapel raising their hands up and wearing name tags reading "Hello my name is Mike Brown". The protesters then moved inside the chapel where organisers read a list of names of those killed at the hands of police and a moment of silence was observed.

The protest took place on the same day Michael Brown was laid to rest by his family and friends at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.


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