|Photo by Rosie Richeson|
After rallying on campus, SDS members led the protesters in an unpermitted march through the streets downtown toward the Florida State Capitol Building, leading the crowd in chants including "DOC, KKK, how many people have you killed today?" and "Indict. Convict. Send those racist cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell!" Protesters carried signs including "Fuck the Prison Industrial KKKomplex" and "Klan Out Of Tally".
In the days proceeding the march, SDS organizers had received threats from white nationalist militias saying that they would be holding an armed counter-protest against SDS. However, when the protest reached the Old Capitol Building, there were no counter-protesters to be found. The protesters stood on the steps of the Old Capitol Building, while members of SDS and other supporting organizations including the Black Liberation Action Coordinating Committee (BLACC), Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Trans Liberation Front gave speeches condemning the KKK and the racist Florida police forces.
As the rally came to a close, organizers brought out the Confederate Battle Flag. After spitting and stomping on the flag, organizers lit it on fire while the crowd chanted "Klan Out Now." SDS organizers promised to continue the fight against racism and white supremacy wherever it appears.