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Trayvon Martin Protesters Take Their Message To Beverly Hills

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Protests following the acquittal of George Zimmerman took place across the city this week, from Hollywood Boulevard to South L.A. to Leimert Park. But yesterday, protesters moved into a part of L.A. that had yet to be spoken for: Beverly Hills.

According to KTLA, the demonstration last night began at La Cienega Park and marched down Wilshire Boulevard. Participants held signs outside restaurants on Rodeo Drive, causing traffic to stall and bringing their message to some of the city's wealthiest residents.

Protester Camille Miller told the news site that, “We don’t need to really be protesting all the time in our neighborhoods, in our community...Our community is aware, our community is affected. We need to sometimes make awareness in other communities and have them bring it home to their dinner table when they come home as well."

KPCC reported that about 100 people participated in the Beverly Hills demonstration. Participant Jasmyne Cannick told the site that it was necessary to spread the message into as many communities as possible, particularly those that might not be as aware of the repercussions of this type of violence.

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“If you are going to do a protest, especially on an issue like this, I think it’s smart to take it to a neighborhood and an area where the minds of those people need to be changed," she said. "Out here in Beverly Hills, where you’re dealing with so many different ethnicities and races, some of whom probably don’t ever think about the lives of black men, I think it’s a great spot to do an event like this.”

Protesters carried signs reading "We Are All Trayvon" and "Sin Justicia No Hay Paz," the LA Times reported, and were peaceful. The below poem was also recited in Martin's honor.

They made their way back to La Cienega Park at about 8:45 p.m.