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    Zimmerman verdict: The world reacts

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    Zimmerman Verdict Ignites Protests


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer Makandel says after the verdict of George Zimmerman was released as not guilty, dozens of people started taking to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest the verdict. At one in the morning on July 14, he went out to Columbia Heights and photographed protesters. 'Dozens of people had gathered to speak their mind and voice their outrage over the Zimmerman verdict. It was a diverse group, mixed races, genders and ages,' he said. ' Those that spoke were proud to see so many different people gathered in response to this verdict, but stressed that action needed to be taken in the days and months to come.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Just after midnight, hundreds of people took to the streets throughout Washington, D.C., and across the country, to voice their outrage over the ‘not guilty’ verdict handed down in the trial of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman had been facing Second Degree Murder charges for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.


    Protesters shut down the intersection of 14th and U Street NW before dispersing to various locations throughout the city – including Adams Morgan, the White House, and Columbia Heights. I followed 60+ demonstrators through the streets of Columbia Heights, escorted by dozens of police.


    Chants of “no justice, no peace” and “Trayvon was murdered” echoed through the streets while people took turns voicing their own personal perspectives via bullhorns.


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