After the murder of two unarmed black men by police officers, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations started again throughout America. The mass shooting in Dallas by a former soldier brought nothing but blood, but it has not stopped people from protesting in the streets each night in the major U.S. cities.
In most cases, the protests are held in a peaceful manner, but not in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where police killed Alton Sterling. The images coming from there have been symbolic and are similar to those seen in Ferguson and Baltimore: a peaceful demonstration of African-Americans faced by a police force armored and armed for war. Images of real repression, such as the policewoman who was advancing toward the protesters toting an automatic weapon pointed at head height; or a girl stopped at the corner of a street thrown to the ground and kicked as she was being handcuffed by a police officer while another one held her.
Mica Grimm, one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, born in Minnesota where the murder of Philandro Castile took place, says the dynamics of the BLM protests have changed in the last year because those who protest today know it is enough to show themselves in public to be charged. DeRay Mckesson thinks the same. Perhaps the most well-known activist of Black Lives Matter, he was arrested last night in Baton Rouge because while protesting, he stepped off the curb.