UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Sunday, July 5, 2020
Black Lives Matter activists joined forces with the Boogaloo movement at a pro-Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia. According to reports, dozens of far-left and right-wing activists took to the streets on Saturday to denounce the government and police violence.
The joint demonstration denounced the deaths of black and white people in recent raids by the police.
“Whether you don’t like white people or black people, you should have the right to defend yourself at all times,” stated one protester.
Boogaloo activists and armed #BLM protestors joined forces for an open carry rally against police violence and government overreach in Richmond, VA. Photos from @FordFischer pic.twitter.com/Ikdl4GZVlL
— Angry Swamp Rat (@AngrySwampRat) July 4, 2020
Activists also called on all Americans to unite in the face of government tyranny.
“We refuse to be anybody’s slave. We’re one-bodied Americans: black, white, brown, yellow, green, purple. I don’t care if you are gay, I don’t care if you are straight. I don’t care if you are a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, an atheist. Listen here, if you love this country and you are willing to defend each and every one of us, I will be with you.” – Manolo Vega, activist
boogaloo bois & BLM chanting white supremacy sucks” — clear tensions with people from Propertarian Institite and other white nationalists pic.twitter.com/m15IX4DRNu
— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) July 4, 2020
Protesters expressed they are frustrated with government policies, regardless of their political views.