Bernie Sanders is forced to leave the stage after a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt his rally.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 8, 2015) (NBC) – A speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was interrupted with a chaotic confrontation Saturday afternoon (August 8) by a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters, who took the stage and refused to let him speak.
Sanders was just about to start speaking when a pair of women walked onstage and grabbed the microphone.
“If you do not listen… your event will be shut down,” one of the protesters told organizers, who at first argued that they could speak after Sanders, but relented and said they could go first.
Some in the mostly white audience booed and hissed as they urged protesters to let the senator talk. A few yelled for police to make arrests. The protesters demanded silence before they’d speak.
Marissa Johnson, one of the protesters, shot back at the crowd, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is filled with progressives, but you did it for me,” accusing the audience of “white supremacist liberalism.”
A period of silence was then observed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.