“I think what it was, is just...a tight physical space and a relatively loosely structured event without actually clear planning,” Khurana said, noting that it was difficult for him mediate between the two groups of people.
Some students voiced similar concerns before the demonstration on the Facebook post for the event, saying that the protest would be disruptive to the College tradition of Primal Scream and potentially would risk student safety. As a result, organizers posted an update on the protest’s Facebook page saying that they had changed the nature of the protest from a die-in to a moment of silence out of safety concerns and in an effort to preserve the Primal Scream tradition.
Though Walker, one of four principal organizers of the protest, acknowledged Thursday afternoon that there “was some confusion as to what was going on and not a lot of individuals knew what was happening,” he said he thought the protest was a success.
“The event was successful because it started a conversation in communities that haven't been talking about this.”
The Primal Scream protest is the latest in a string of protests in reaction to the non-indictments of the white police officers in the Brown and Garner cases. Students from the College and graduate schools, as well as the Boston community, plan to march in the Yard on Friday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Close to 1,400 individuals had RSVPed to the march’s Facebook page as of four p.m. Thursday.
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—Staff writer Theodore R. Delwiche contributed to the reporting of this story.
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