Mike Brown Supporters Interrupt St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Concert

“Justice for Mike Brown is Justice for us All, Which side are you on friend? Which side are you on?”

That was part of the song “Requiem for Mike Brown” a group of protesters sang during a demonstration staged at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The group was there to protest the shooting death of Ferguson teenager at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, according to the Washington Post:

During the intermission of a performance of Brahms Requiem, the 23 protesters sitting in various parts of the auditorium stood up and sang, “Requiem for Mike Brown.”
Justice for Mike Brown is Justice for us All, Which side are you on friend? Which side are you on?” As they began to sing, protests unfurled banners from the balcony that encouraged symphony patrons to “join the movement.”

The demonstration reportedly took place during the intersession, before the orchestra started playing. The video, via the St. Louis American, shows a a banner which read “Rise Up and Join the Movement.” Another stated “Racism Lives Here” with an arrow pointing at a drawing of the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch. According to the Washington Post, the protesters only had a brief time to learn the song beforehand. They expected to be arrested by police or removed by symphony officials. However, the response was mostly one of support, as some audience and symphony members applauded the protest. (A few boos can be heard in the beginning of the video.) They left a few minutes afterwards, chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

On Sunday, Brown’s family called for the arrest of Wilson. “An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder,” Michael Brown Sr., said.

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