Protesters plan to halt St. Louis traffic on Labor Day
Protesters in Ferguson reportedly unveiled a plan to halt highway traffic across the St. Louis area on Labor Day.
The plan was reportedly unveiled at a peaceful march called the “National March on Ferguson” Saturday, August 30, 2014. More than 1,000 people took part, marching to the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 before heading to a Ferguson park. The march shut down a major avenue in St. Louis, according to a report by KTVI.
KTVI reported that at Saturday’s march, organizers asked everyone involved to drive onto the highways around St. Louis at 4:30 p.m. on Labor Day and stop their cars for four-and-a-half minutes. This amount of time is meant to symbolize the four-and-a-half hours that Michael Brown’s body was in the street after he was shot.
“If some of our demands are not dealt with, you’ll see more civil disobedience in the spirit of Dr. King, because we’re not just going to sit by and just let injustice be constantly impacting us,” said Zaki Baruti, one of the National March’s organizers.
One of these demands includes firing and arresting Officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown.
KTVI said it was unknown how many people planned to participate in the traffic halt.