Michael Brown protesters caused a brief delay in a performance during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's concert on Saturday night at Powell Symphony Hall.
However, it was a mesmerizing, peaceful demonstration which was met with applause from the audience as well as orchestra players.
According to St. Louis Today.com:
“The orchestra and chorus were preparing to perform Johannes Brahms' Requiem just after intermission when two audience members in the middle aisle on the main floor began singing an old civil rights tune, "Which Side are You on?" They soon were joined, in harmony, by other protesters, who stood at seats in various locations on the main floor and in the balcony.”
During the interruption that lasted for about five minutes, banners were also unfurled, displaying the birth and death date of Brown.
Here’s a Vine video:
Before leaving, the protesters scattered red paper hearts with “Requiem for Mike Brown” written on them.
Watch the complete demonstration below:
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It’s been almost two month’s since Michael Brown’s death. He was an 18-year-old member of the African-American community in Ferguson, Missouri.
According to eye-witnesses and surveillance footage of the incident, Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times by a white police officer named Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.
While the police initially said the boy was a suspect in a robbery earlier that day, further investigation revealed that Wilson initially stopped Brown for jaywalking, and not for the alleged robbery.
The uncertainty surrounding the events caused a great deal of frustration among the locals who claim the shooting was a result of racist violence.