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Hundreds of protesters meet in the middle of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge

Jun 21, 2020 6:33 am
Hundreds of people marched from both the Catskill and Hudson sides of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and met in the middle, in the latest local protest over police racial injustice on June 20. Justice Brantley, 18, was one of the organizers, and explained to WGXC's Neva Wartell why it was important that the two cities on either side of the Hudson River joined together for this protest. PLAY BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH BRANTLEY HERE. Joseph Kozloski, one of the Village of Catskill board members, explained why he was attending the protest. CLICK HERE TO HEAR BRIEF KOZLOSKI INTERVIEW. The Schooner Apollonia sailed in the Hudson River beneath the protest, waving a Black Lives Matter banner, and setting off for another demonstration June 21 in Albany with the Sloop Clearwater. After a few brief speeches and a few flashes of lightning that delayed the start, protesters on both sides of the Hudson River stepped on the pedestrian walkway of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and met in the middle. Here is a little of what that sounded like. PLAY EXCERPT OF PROTEST ON RIP VAN WINKLE BRIDGE.