“#Atlanta knows how to protest — with dancing soldiers!”
June 6, 2020 | 5:08pm
Days of anti-police brutality demonstrations in the city have been marred by isolated looting and violence — but a positive, street-carnival atmosphere has prevailed overall.
Protesters have even convinced Georgia National Guard soldiers to join them in an impromptu dance party, as happened Friday night.
Fifteen minutes before the 8 p.m. curfew, a line of soldiers in riot gear gave the Macarena their all, according to a clip tweeted by Los Angeles Times reporter Jenny Jarvie.
After the dancing, the protesters left without incident, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
“But they left behind this one perfect moment,” the Fox report noted, below an aerial clip of the festivities.
A similar, protester-soldier dance-fest — this time featuring the Cha-Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle — happened Thursday, according to a clip tweeted by Atlanta-based 11Alive reporter Hope Ford.
“A woman brought out her loud speaker and said this was intentional,” Ford tweeted. “She wanted to play music and lift everyone’s spirits.”
That woman, protester Amisha Harding, told Ford through tears that she simply needed to cut through the darkness.
“The atmosphere was so heavy. People were screaming ‘eff the police,’” she said. “It was very dark … and we kept saying, ‘what can we do to change the energy?’”
That time protestors and the GA National Guard gathered together to dance in the street. A woman brought out her loud speaker and said this was intentional.
She wanted to play music and lift everyone’s spirits. #11Alive #Atlanta pic.twitter.com/DZrvOgPyGr
— Hope Ford (@hope_iam) June 5, 2020
As the Intercept noted on Saturday, “Atlanta protests differently.”
On Saturday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she is lifting the evening’s planned 8 p.m. curfew because there were no arrests on Friday.
The curfew had been instituted on the previous Friday after a downtown protest devolved into window-smashing, looting and arsons.
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