BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Hundreds of protesters peacefully raised their signs, hands and voices this afternoon during their march through Downtown Blacksburg and Virginia Tech’s campus. 

Chants of “No justice, no peace” and “Black Lives Matter” filled the streets as protesters made their way from Henderson Lawn to the Blacksburg Police Department. 

“It’s what people need to do,” said Jack Vance, Virginia Tech student and protest participant. “[We] can’t be silent.”

Members of the police department stood and observed from the department’s rooftop as the crowd doubled in the ten minutes after the march’s noon start. 

The over 300-strong crowd brought South Main Street traffic to a standstill. Car horns joined in the noise as the protesters continued Downtown and onto Virginia Tech’s campus. 

Members of the protest took turns speaking upon their activism, ending their march back at the police department. “This is not just about black people, this is about American people,” and “We’re going to get together and have a march? How about we get together and have an agenda,” were some of the many statements made by participants.

This protest is just one of the innumerable taking place across the state, demanding justice and equality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25. 

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