For the second consecutive evening, demonstrators marching to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police shut down the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road for about 15 minutes at around 6 p.m. on June 3.
Although larger in number than Tuesday night’s group, the demonstrators appeared to be associated with the group who marched down Cermak Road from Cicero Town Hall to Harlem Avenue and back on June 2.
The message on Wednesday was also slightly different and the marchers were more racially diverse, including several black demonstrators, including a black man atop a horse leading the march while waving the flag of Mexico. Tuesday’s group appeared to be largely Hispanic and included leaders of Rizoma Collective, an independent progressive political organization in Cicero-Berwyn.
The group once again formed a circle at the intersection of Harlem and Cermak and knelt for eight minutes in memory of George Floyd. A speaker holding a bullhorn led the demonstrators in chants, including “I can’t breathe,” but also spoke directly to the violence that erupted in Cicero between black and Hispanic residents on Monday, and he called for unity.
“It starts with you,” the man said. “What are you gonna do when you go home right now? Keep sharing the love. Keep sharing the peace. Nobody else needs to die.”
In response to news of the march, North Riverside shut down westbound Cermak Road into the village, but did not re-impose a curfew.