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Peaceful Floyd protest held

A group of about 200 peaceful protesters gathered at the intersection of Hana and Haleakala Highways on Saturday afternoon, joining in nationwide demonstrations advocating for justice for George Floyd, an African-American man who died after being arrested by Minneapolis police officers.

“Peaceful protests are a First Amendment birthright of every American,” Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release Sunday. “On Maui, it’s encouraging that protests of Mr. George Floyd’s death have been peaceful. I support our citizens’ right to express their grievances and share information and concerns in pursuit of a better, more just world.”

Maui residents held signs on the highway that said “End police brutality,” “Injustice System,” “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” “No Justice, No Peace” and “Enough is Enough.”

“We all have the right to agree or disagree, but I ask everyone to do so peacefully, with dignity and respect for each other,” Victorino said.

Some protests across the country have involved violence, looting and the setting of fires. Police also have been pelted with rocks. Thousands have been arrested.

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