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Bernie Sanders Abandons Speech After Black Lives Matter Protest

08 Aug

Bernie Sanders Abandons Speech After Black Lives Matter Protest

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Holds Town Hall And Rally In Phoenix, Arizona
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Bernie Sanders was slated to give a speech at an event in Seattle city park Saturday celebrating the anniversary of Social Security and Medicare. But moments after he took the stage, a coterie of protestors from a Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter usurped the senator from Vermont, taking the mic. They asked the crowd to hold a moment of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.

Subsequently, Marissa Janae Johnson, who identified herself as a leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter, asked the crowd to “join [them] now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions,” the Washington Postreports. The group maintains that Sanders has not yet shown that he’d adequately address police brutality or structural racism, should he win the Democratic nomination.

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