Many protests planned locally this weekend
Jun 18, 2020 6:30 am
Protests continued June 17 across the country and locally in Ghent, Chatham, and Kingston. There has been some bad news that has come from the mass demonstrations. Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old Buffalo protester who was pushed by two police officers earlier this month, has a fractured skull and is not able to walk, his lawyer said in a statement, CNN reports. "I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured," Gugino's attorney Kelly Zarcone said. "While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired. He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself." On June 17 Gov. Andrew Cuomo made Juneteenth, the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, an annual holiday for state employees, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan also made it a holiday in that city. In Catskill, there is now a petition circulating to paint "Black Lives Matter" on a city street like in Washington D.C., and Albany, and like how Hudson and Schenectady also have plans for similar murals. There are not any protests in the Hudson Valley June 18, but that's probably because there are so many Friday and Saturday including in Catskill, Hudson, Beacon, Kingston, Chatham, Albany, Troy, Newburgh, Guilderland, Potsdam, North Rockland, Highland and Putnam County. The Catskill and Hudson protest is at 4 p.m., with groups planning to meet on both sides of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and walk across to the middle.