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50,000 Take to the Streets for Second Annual Queer Liberation March in NYC

The peaceful demonstration culminated with police terrorizing protestors near Washington Square Park.

It's been 50 years since New York City's first Pride march, and LGBTQ New Yorkers are still being antagonized by police.

This past Sunday, June 28, an estimated 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Manhattan for the Reclaim Pride Coalition's second annual Queer Liberation March, an un-permitted, corporation-free resistance march. As NewNowNext previously reported, this year's iteration was specifically in support of Black lives and against police brutality in response to recent acts of anti-Black violence across the country.

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: A crowd of thousands marching in the streets of Manhattan. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The march kicked off around 1pm at Foley Square near NYC's City Hall, where activists have been occupying 24/7 in growing numbers to demand NYPD be defunded by at least $1 billion. Protestors, led by Reclaim Pride organizers and giant puppets depicting LGBTQ historical figures, marched uptown toward the West Village. Four hours of the event were livestreamed on Reclaim Pride's YouTube for those who could not attend.

The massive action took place 51 years to the date since the Stonewall Uprising and 50 years after the city's first Pride march. But local activists say not much has changed in the decades since that fateful night at the Stonewall Inn: NYPD officers reportedly charged at protestors toward the end of yesterday's demonstration in Washington Square Park.

According to Reclaim Pride's Instagram, at least one protestor was arrested, and "many more" experienced violence at the hands of police. The incidents were documented on-the-ground by NYC-based activists like Marti Gould Cummings and Eliel Cruz. Multiple demonstrators reported the use of pepper spray and batons by police.

NYC Council speaker Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, called for an investigation into the "incredibly disturbing" footage.

Organizers are asking anyone who was attacked at the action to speak with a crisis counselor from the Anti-Violence Project at 212-714-1141 for support and documentation.

Despite the disturbing police activity at the march, Reclaim Pride organizers urged attendees to "not let the NYPD ruin a gorgeous day like today."

"THE SUN, THE RAIN AND THE RAINBOW came out for us today!" the team wrote on Instagram. "AND WE MADE HISTORY! Let’s carry this spirit forward! Let’s continue supporting our Black Queer and Trans Communities! Let’s show up for each other, TOGETHER."

View more photos from yesterday's Queer Liberation March below.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: A crowd of thousands marching behind the main banner. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Act Up NY contingent at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Participant holding a Black Trans Lives Matter sign at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: A participant holding a rainbow umbrella over the crowd of thousands marching in the streets of Manhattan. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Participant holding a Queer Liberation March sign at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Singer Mila Jam poses in a jumpsuit that reads, "Stop killing us" at the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives & Against Police Brutality on June 28, 2020 in New York City. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's Pride march had to be canceled over health concerns. The annual event, which sees millions of attendees, marks its 50th anniversary since the first march following the Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: People take part in the Queer Liberation March hosted by The Reclaim Pride Coalition for Trans and Queer black lives and against police brutality in lower Manhattan on June 28, 2020 in New York City. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year's pride march had to be canceled over health concerns. The annual event, which sees millions of attendees, marks its 50th anniversary since the first march following the Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo by Gotham/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK- JUNE 28: Marty Cummings attends the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives & Against Police Brutality on June 28, 2020. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year's march had to be canceled over health concerns. The annual event, which sees millions of attendees, marks it's 50th anniversary since the first march following the Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK- JUNE 28: Marchers participate in the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives & Against Police Brutality on June 28, 2020. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year's march had to be canceled over health concerns. The annual event, which sees millions of attendees, marks it's 50th anniversary since the first march following the Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Revolting Lesbians contingent at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Artist Chris Williams' Pride Puppets stand behind a 'Queer Liberation March' banner at the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives & Against Police Brutality on June 28, 2020 in New York City. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's Pride march had to be canceled over health concerns. The annual event, which sees millions of attendees, marks its 50th anniversary since the first march following the Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Participant holding a Black Trans Lives Matter sign at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Participant holding a Black Trans Lives Matter sign at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Gays Against Guns contingent at the march. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: Performance troop "Human Beings" a part of Gays Against Guns contingent at the march mourning the lives lost to gun violence. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/28: A participant wearing a rainbow mask and matching rainbow wings. Reclaim Pride Coalition Took to the streets of Manhattan for the second annual Queer Liberation March the "Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality". Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square marching in support of the #OccupyCityHall action for NYPD budget cuts, making its way north to Washington Square Park. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 28: A rainbow appears over Manhattan in the evening during Pride weekend in New York City, United States on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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