Peaceful Black Lives Matter rally held in Cohoes

Jacquie Slater
Created: June 13, 2020 06:13 PM

COHOES -- Nationwide unrest continues over the death of George Floyd.

A Black Lives Matter peaceful rally and march took place in Cohoes Saturday afternoon.


Around 200 people participated and before marching back to the park, the group bowed their heads in prayer outside of City Hall.

The Cohoes Peace Rally: Black Lives Matter event was organized by the Albany House of Peace. It's the same group that helped organize other peaceful rallies like ones in Troy, Delmar, Clifton Park and Schenectady.

"We have to take ownership and responsibility of what we do as a community not only as separate municipalities and cities but as a collective one working together," said event organizer, Manetertep El Dey.

While at City Hall, speakers talked about the need for reform with a list of demands to lawmakers. 

The group said they aren't angry, they're not violent, but they're frustrated and tired.

Mayor Bill Keeler was a part of the crowd, and said he's proud of the people of Cohoes and those who organized the event.

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