Protest in Atlanta ended in riots
A protest against the construction of a police training center in Atlanta ended in riots, during which demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at law enforcement officers. The New York Post reported.
“They dressed in black clothing, entered the construction site and began throwing large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police officers,” the newspaper quoted the Atlanta Police Department as saying.
The protesters, who rioted under the guise of a peaceful protest, noted that Atlanta police consider what happened to be a “coordinated attack.” A total of 35 protesters were detained and no injuries were reported.
A group of protesters, including eco-activists, came to the training center construction site during a music festival that had been organized by the protesters.
The training center is being built in a green space, is estimated to cost $90 million and is funded largely by donations to the Atlanta Police Department’s nonprofit foundation. Actions against its appearance have been taking place since the summer of 2021, when the building permit was issued.
In January, one protest led to the death of a 26-year-old eco-activist who was shot and killed by a police officer.
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