‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters crash MLK event in St. Louis

‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters crash MLK event in St. Louis

“Black Lives Matter” protesters crashed a Martin Luther King Jr. march in St. Louis on Monday, “reclaiming” what they say is King’s more radical past.

Despite pleas from march organizers to respect the MLK event, demonstrators blocked Rue de la Place by the Old Courthouse, where the march was to begin Monday morning, protesting what they called a watered-down legacy of King, The Washington Post reported.

The official march was supposed to end at Harris-Stowe State University, but protesters rushed the stage at the university’s auditorium, causing the prayer event to temporarily shut down, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter tweeted.

“Well, what can I say,” march organizer Rev. Cleo Willis Sr. told The Post. “Our parade was hijacked.”

The protesters eventually broke off from the MLK event and ended their march at a homeless shelter that they accused the mayor of planning to close in the name of gentrification, The Post reported.

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