This is becoming a fine example of a contrast in styles between the residents of two major cities. When people in Washington want to schedule regular protests, they bring in Jane Fonda and a conga line of celebrities for Fire Drill Fridays. They line up in their Hollywood finery and chant slogans about the climate emergency and the need for direct action. Meanwhile, down on the mean streets of New York City, they set aside Friday nights to bring hundreds of people out to block the streets and chant “F*** the Police!” (NY Post)
Police arrested a yet-specified number of anti-cop demonstrators who flooded the streets of Upper Manhattan to protest a fare-evasion crackdown and police in the subways Friday night.
The crowd of protesters swelled to more than 100 people soon after it kicked off at about 5:30 p.m. in Harlem. The demonstration was called to protest Governor Cuomo’s plan to add 500 police officers to patrol the subway and several high-profile, caught-on-video arrests in the subway system in recent weeks.
As the group marched down 125th Street near Malcolm X Boulevard, they chanted “f—k the police” and “fare free NYC.”
The reasons given for complaining about the NYPD (and the governor) have expanded since last week. In addition to not wanting people to be arrested for jumping the turnstiles in the subway, demonstrators were angry over the arrest of several vendors who were selling food and candy on the platforms. This short video provides a bit of the flavor of the unrest during a march that kicked off in Harlem.