Nearly 10,000 protesters gather at San Francisco’s Dolores Park in wake of George Floyd’s death

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Protests continue in the Bay Area as thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco Wednesday to protest the death of George Floyd.

The massive crowd marched from Mission High School to the Mission Police Department.

Many spilling into the streets created road closures for several hours.

Nearly 10,000 people showed up.

The crowds remained peaceful and quickly started dispersing around 6 p.m., however some remain out on the streets tonight despite the curfew.

Crowds in San Francisco chanted “George Floyd”, the man who died after being pinned down by a Minnesota police officer last week.

Protestors organized in the Mission District on Wednesday to stand up against police brutality and misconduct against the Black community and those of color.

“I’m just tired. I want to support my people as much as possible. I want to see solidarity,” Kimberly said. “I’m tired of the silence. I’m tired of preaching over and over again, posting memes on Instagram and that doesn’t go anywhere. We need to be out here. We need to be on the front line and do as much as we can.”

Kimberly came to the protest with friends. They handed out free water, masks and food for other protesters like Sonya Trejo.

“It’s my duty to be here and show up for Black lives,” Trejo said.

Mother and daughter, Rene and Sophia Avanessian say they showed up to support friends and loved ones.

“Every person coming out counts and growing up in San Francisco with Black friends and I care about them and I care about their safety and if it were me, I’d want them to come out and support me so I’m here to support them,” Sophia said.

Protestors say this is one of the largest protests they’ve seen yet — hoping this time, change will come.

“This is a huge difference from a lot of protests that have been happening over the years. I feel like you know this is the huge catalyst. Rest in peace George Floyd but he is the huge catalyst to the start of a big movement that I feel has been long overdue,” Kimberly said.

The San Francisco curfew is set to expire at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

That’s as long as things remain peaceful here tonight.

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