BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s the second night of mandatory Baltimore City curfews and most of the crowds have gone home. Some late night leaders have emerged to keep them off the streets.
Christie Ileto with more from West Baltimore.READ MORE: Inner Harbor Hotels Prepare For Fourth Of July Festivities
Pennsylvania and North avenues were at the heart of Monday’s riots. The violence started there before spilling across the city.
Now, 48 hours later, we still see protests. But this time, hundreds, if not thousands of college and high school students took to the streets—peacefully.
It’s the anthem across the city: “All night. All day. We’re going to fight for Freddie Gray.”
Pounding the pavement, local college and high school students loop from Penn Station to City Hall and back, voicing frustrations about the police custody death of Freddie Gray earlier this month.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Festivities Begin In Baltimore County Sunday Evening
“Another aspect of it is police brutality and another aspect of it is youth activism and us being out here to support a cause that we think is dear to our hearts,” one protestor said.
“This isn’t even Baltimore’s problem, this is America’s problem,” said another.
Their message is poignant, but peaceful. Tensions erupted into violence earlier this week, when demonstrators clashed with police.
Deshon, 10, and his peers rally at City Hall, calling for a better Baltimore.
“We want to make Baltimore better in any way possible. The days of the protest were not bad. We love our city, we love Charm City,” one protestor said.
“It would be nice if we could all help each other and not tear each other down and just build up as one and all just come together. As everyone is saying, ‘One Baltimore,’ stand strong as one,” another said.MORE NEWS: 4 People Shot Near East Baltimore Intersection Within 14 Hours
Protests are going to be happening throughout the week and into the weekend.