On Wednesday, the scene turned violent as heavily-armed SWAT teams clashed with the protesters, deploying tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs to disperse the crowds. More than a dozen individuals, including The Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly, were reportedly arrested.
"That's what this is about. Intimidation," one protester told the Times. "Why can't we fix it and make a dialogue instead of that happening? Why don't they come and walk with us? ... We should all be mad, we should all be angry because of what's going on right now."
"How can we feel like we can have free speech if there's guy staring down a sniper rifle as we speak?" said another demonstrator.
Watch the video, courtesy of the New York Times, above.