Agitators planned Wednesday to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after Ferguson protesters were able to shut down major New York City roadways Tuesday, the New York Post reports.
An organizer told the fellow protesters that the cops would arrest anyone as they planned their actions Wednesday night at Union Square.
The protesters used social media to garner interest in the planned chaos using #StopTheParade to fuel the fire.
“Yes, they’re planning on crashing the parade,” a law-enforcement source told the New York Post. “With this hands-off approach, it gives them free rein to do anything they want. It’s a free pass to act like a fool.”
The official does not think the demonstrators will stomp through kids to stop the floats, but one Twitter user said to keep the protests going and to, “stomp right over Macy’s thanksgiving parade.”
Other uses said they feel rejuvenated and are ready to make a huge statement by stopping the parade.
Thousands of people marched for a second night in Manhattan, gathering in Union Square before splitting into several smaller groups, chanting “No justice, No peace.” Some held signs saying “Jail killer cops” and “Justice for Mike Brown.”
One group marched uptown to Times Square, meandering between lanes of traffic as police followed. The protesters, who seemed to grow in number as the night wore on, disrupted traffic on the FDR Drive and congregated at the entrances to the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.
Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters “breathing room.”
“As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don’t engage in issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow them to demonstrate,” he said.
The New York Post reported only 10 of the 3,000 protesters were arrested as they were allowed to stroll in the streets of Manhattan.