A group called No Justice, No Pride, shouting, “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. These racist cops have got to go,” blocked and stopped a gay pride parade in Washington D.C.
Some of the activists, chanting Black Lives Matter, even chained themselves together with cables and locks across the route so that police couldn’t remove them.
The protesters had another chant: “We are unstoppable. Another world is possible.”
The No Justice, No Pride group released a press statement in which they stated, “DC’s q***r and trans community is no longer willing to accept that Pride isn’t possible without support from deeply problematic corporate sponsors.”
Then the BLM group spammed the Capital Pride Alliance saying it “has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents.”
— Fras (@DangerCW) June 10, 2017
The Capital Pride Alliance protested weakly:
“Capital Pride always has and will continue to respect the wide range of diversity — of people and viewpoints — within the LGBTQ+ community. Following the disruption of the parade by protesters, we were able to divert the parade from its scheduled route, thus ensuring that as many people as possible could watch the parade in its entirety. We are troubled by reports that some onlookers responded to the protesters with verbal and physical harassment. We encourage a robust, civil, and healthy conversation within the community about all of the issues that impact us and look forward to having a mutually respectful conversation in the days, weeks, and months ahead. The issues raised are of importance to our entire community, across organizations and to our entire movement. In these challenging times for LGBTQ+ people Capital Pride will continue to focus on how we can all move forward as a community striving for equal treatment and respect for all. ”
— BLACK (@_WeAreBlack) June 11, 2017