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Protesters return to Albany with gazebos

Jonathan Hunter
Updated: April 23, 2021 08:40 PM
Created: April 23, 2021 06:43 PM

ALBANY - Protesters returned to the area outside Albany Police South Station on Friday. There was also another confrontation with police.

The group had set up tents and grills on the sidewalk. Police wanted them removed.

It was a tense situation, but not anything like what happened on Thursday.

Police officers came out and asked the protesters to remove their gazebos off of Trinity Place. It got heated, but the situation was resolved without any arrests.

The protesters listened. Once they complied, the police went back into the police station.

As of Friday evening, there were still some activists still standing on the sidewalk listening to music.

A lot of the frustration stems from Thursday afternoon.

Department of General Services crews came to clean up the encampment. Personal items such as sleeping bags, tents, and medicine were cleaned up. Many protesters were frustrated because they purchased those items and say they are not getting those things back.

The Albany Common Council released a statement saying the tactics used by the Albany Police Department to remove protesters were not acceptable.

One of the protesters said people would be there all night Friday and remain calm and peaceful.

Hear some of his frustrations about what happened Friday by watching the video of Jonathan Hunter's story.


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