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Scenes From This Week's #BlackLivesMatter Protest In New York

Students across New York City staged walkouts from school to join a Black Lives Matter protest in Union Square on April 14, 2015.
Students across New York City staged walkouts from school to join a Black Lives Matter protest in Union Square on April 14, 2015.

Organizers with the Black Lives Matter movement staged protests across the country on April 14, 2015. Publicized online with the hashtag #ShutDownA14 — as in, shut down your cities on April 14 — the protests called for students and employees to walk out of school and work, to bring attention to the recent police killings of unarmed minorities.

Planet Money intern Ryan Kailath observed the day's rally in New York's Union Square, and spoke with several of the hundreds of protesters and passers-by.

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