More than a thousand protesters rallied in Middletown on Monday afternoon and held a solidarity march, adding their voices to the national movement protesting the deaths Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Grand juries decided not to indict police officers for causing either man’s death.
“We are preparing for finals, writing exams, grading them…. These are important things. But all around the country people are speaking out against the outrageous injustices that people of color face on a regular basis. We must acknowledge these issues. The time to speak out is now,” Wesleyan University president Michael Roth wrote in a post on the Wesleyan University’s Web site.
The protestors blocked traffic along Main Street and Route 66 around 3 p.m.
“On Monday, December 8th, at 3 pm, students of Wesleyan University will be marching in response to the police brutality and systemic racism that led to the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and countless other people of color in recent times. The state must be held accountable for the prejudicial treatment of these individuals. Our movement must start from the ground-up. I am emailing you to ask for your support and solidarity, and invite you to march alongside us students for this cause. We will be gathering at Exley Science Center at 265 Church St,” a notice on the faculty list-serv said, according to the post from President Roth.
The crowd began to disperse around 4 p.m.
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