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Dozens of protesters took to the streets of
Parkland on Saturday, attending opposing demonstrations on police brutality and
The Black Lives Matter protest was organized
by Manuel and Patricia Oliver – parents of Joaquin Oliver, who was killed in
the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting.
Both parents say Saturday’s demonstration was
in honor of their child who often attended Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
“We are doing what Joaquin is unable to do.
We are representing our son who can’t be hear but we can certainly be here for
him,” Manuel said.
The protest began outside the high school before
demonstrators marched through the city’s streets.
On the other side of the road, a group of
counter protesters held a rally for Blue Lives Matter in support of law
“We believe it’s important for the police to
know we support them and what they do. They have a very difficult job,”
protester Andrew Klein said.
The Black Lives Matter protest remained
peaceful, ending at pine trails park where a ceremony honoring Joaquin and the
other victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting is held every year.