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Black Lives Matter rally held in Cape Girardeau

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UPDATED 6:50 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020

The group has now moved back to Freedom Corner at Capaha Park.

UPDATED 6 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020

The protest at Capaha Park has now moved to downtown Cape Girardeau.

Protestors marched from the park onto Broadway Street and are now near the river.

ORIGINAL STORY

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (WSIL) -- Activists are holding a Black Lives Matter rally at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau.

The rally comes in the wake of dozens of protests across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd. The officer at the center of Floyd's death is facing murder charges.

The event began around noon with approximately 60 people but quickly grew to more than 100 gathered at Freedom Corner at the park. By 3:30 p.m., that number was closer to 350.

Shelby Seabaugh organized the rally.

"To bring light to police brutality and let people know that people of color need to have their voices heard," explained Seabaugh.

Those in attendance held up signs and did chants, including "George Floyd," "I can't breathe," and "Show me what democracy looks like."

Cape Girardeau resident Marvin Lowe, formerly of Ullin, called on black men in the tri-state area to get together and "stop this madness that's going on."

"We don't have to settle for this. It's 2020 now, we do not have to settle for this," said Lowe.

The rally will go until 8 p.m., according to the event's Facebook page. It will include speeches, music and a march around the park scheduled for 5 p.m.

Seabaugh says the march will last about an hour. She says the goal is to keep people off the streets and to keep the rally peaceful.

A closing ceremony will then take place around 6 p.m.

Organizers are encouraging people to wear face masks and continue social distancing.

Stay with News 3 for the latest updates.

Danny Valle

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