The night before the reopening of Las Vegas casinos, protesters in the city’s two most famous casino clusters engaged in a seventh night of rallies stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week.
Two separate marches — first, a widely publicized event at Las Vegas City Hall and Glitter Gulch, and then a separate march further south on the Las Vegas Strip — proceeded without incident on Wednesday night.
Several of the city’s casino resorts are scheduled to reopen just after midnight, 12 weeks after they were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the first rally around City Hall and Las Vegas’ downtown casinos, several protesters and police officers engaged in conversations across the barricades about policing and race. The rally had broken up by the event’s scheduled 9 p.m. end.
The second march on the Las Vegas Strip, which included prayer, testimonials and plans for a Thursday night march, concluded shortly after 9 p.m.
9:06 p.m. update:
After pausing in front of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas to pray, share testimonials and discuss plans for protesting on Thursday night, protest participants have resumed marching down the Las Vegas Strip.
8:56 p.m. update:
A group of protesters on the Las Vegas Strip appears to have planned a Thursday evening rally in front of the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino, where Wednesday night’s protest march is scheduled to wrap up.
8:37 p.m. update:
Protesters are gathering now on the Las Vegas Strip, site of violent clashes over the weekend. There’s a large police presence in front of the Bellagio.
7:43 p.m. update:
Reporters say the mood at the City Hall protest differs from protest on previous nights in Las Vegas. Across the barricades, several protesters and police officers have engaged in conversations about policing and race in front of City Hall this evening.
7:16 p.m. update:
More than 1,000 people are in attendance as the procession moves northeast down Casino Center Boulevard toward Fremont Street.
Las Vegas police are staged outside the Golden Nugget. They are armed, wearing helmets, zip ties attached to their hips. This property is reopening at midnight. It doesn’t appear protesters will get near the hotel-casinos tonight.
Outside City Hall, one man at the protest began to shout “all lives matter,” with many in the crowd responding with chants of “not until black lives matter!”
6:30 p.m. update:
Hundreds of protesters are in attendance at Las Vegas City Hall for the seventh night of protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. A late-arriving crowd is braving temperatures of 104 degrees at 6:30 p.m. in Las Vegas.
A seventh night of protests against the death of George Floyd is underway Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Organizers of the March for Peace Las Vegas posted on Facebook that a rally would take place at Las Vegas City Hall between 5 and 9 p.m.
“For Peaceful Protest / Community panel discussion for our voices to be heard & to put an end to endless chaos of reckless violence & bring our communities together once more,” the original post reads. “We will also be holding a vigil in remembrance of the many Black innocent lives taken & lives of innocent police officers killed in the duty.”
An update to the post suggested that the rally would be postponed to a later date if organizers didn’t deem it to be safe.
The Las Vegas City Council passed regulations on Wednesday to prohibit large backpacks and bags at protests, as well as strollers, carts and any vehicled propelled by humans, electricity or mechanical means. The Clark County Commission considered broader measures to prohibit other items which could be used as weapons, but postponed the vote.
3 held in Las Vegas on terror charges in right-wing conspiracy to spark violence
Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.
Federal prosecutors say the three white men with U.S. military experience are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed because of the coronavirus and later sought to capitalize on protests over George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died police custody.
They were arrested Saturday on the way to a protest in downtown Las Vegas after filling gas cans at a parking lot and making Molotov cocktails in glass bottles, according to a copy of the criminal complaint.
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, the men attended Black Lives Matter protests on May 29 in Las Vegas, taunting police and telling protesters that peaceful protests do not accomplish anything, and they needed to turn violent.
George Floyd Protests, no violence Tuesday night
A sixth night of protests against the death of George Floyd proceeded without incident in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
About 200 protesters gathered to march from a nighclub on Naples Drive, across from the UNLV campus. The march proceeded down University Center Drive, with a massive group of police and more than 20 police vehicles trailing behind.
The protesters were marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, one of a series of marches and protests across the nation in the wake of the police slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
There was a noticeable police presence as the marchers made their way peacefully along East Naples Drive from the FreeZone nightclub to University Center Drive, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No justice, no peace.”
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