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Black Lives Matter rally in Norco met by counter protest

Black Lives Matter rally in Norco met by counter protest

About 50 people, many of them college students, rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the equestrian community of Norco on Monday afternoon, June 29.

  • A man yells at Pastor Willy Oliver during a Monday, June 29, 2020, rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Norco. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents, led by Loren Harris, march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in a rally that started at Neal Snipes Park on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Residents march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Hamner Avenue in Norco on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Demonstrators march for the Black Lives Matter movement along Norco’s Hamner Avenue as counter-protesters drive by Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Residents march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement starting at Neal Snipes Park in Norco on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Residents rally in support of Black Lives Matter along Hamner Avenue in Norco on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents, led by Loren Harris, rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement behind the Stater Bros. in Norco on Monday, June, 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Norco resident arrives at Neal Snipes Park before a peacefully march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pastor Willy Oliver talks to protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at Neal Snipes Park in Norco before they march on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement along Hamner avenue as Trump supporters drive by on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents, Kasey and brother Zackary Philyaw protest peacefully in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Norco resident stands against peaceful protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents lead by Loren Harris kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement behind Stater Bros on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents march peacefully in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Norco on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents march down Hamner avenue in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents, Kasey, Zackary, and Michelle Philyaw protest peacefully in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement along Hamner avenue as Trump supporters drive by on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco residents lead by Loren Harris march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement starting at Neal Snipes Park on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

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Participants gathered at Neal Snipes Park and marched to Norco City Hall. On the way they were met by counter protesters and supporters of President Donald Trump who outnumbered them two to one, said Elizabeth Kavianian, a Norco resident and recent UC Riverside graduate.

At times, she said, counter protesters followed on the opposite side of the street. Then they directly confronted protesters, shouting, pushing and blocking their path, she said.

Kavianian said police escorted the Black Lives Matter group the last few blocks to the city office. There they stopped, knelt and read names of people who have lost their lives in police shootings around the country, including George Floyd, she said.


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