Holyoke Mall Black Friday
| HOLYOKE - Holyoke police say they escorted about 20 "Ferguson" protesters away from the upper level of the Holyoke Mall near the Target store early Friday afternoon.GEORGE GRAHAM / THE REPUBLICAN
HOLYOKE — A demonstration related to this week's Ferguson grand jury decision broke out Friday afternoon in the Holyoke Mall, but just as quickly as it started, it ended, according to Holyoke police.
Police said fewer than 20 demonstrators paraded in through one entrance and out the other side. One of them had a bullhorn, which made the group seem louder than it actually was, police said.
Police received multiple calls from the public and dispatched officers to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the demonstrators were already filing out, police said.
Ravil Asadov, who works at the mall, said he saw eight to 10 protesters draping a big sign over the railing inside the shopping center, which was crowded with thousands of Black Friday shoppers. "They were shouting, " Asadov said of the protesters.
Tweets from the scene:
A demonstration just broke out at the Holyoke Mall. Security is trying to usher the demonstrators out but they refuse to go down quietly.— Nora Drapalski (@ndrapalski)
lol protest @ Holyoke mall— Ryan Luong (@rylu2)
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The fact that there were protesters at the Holyoke Mall just now. 😑— Austin Crowley (@AJCrow23)
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I just witnessed a ferguson riot at the holyoke mall... I was so not expecting that.— Elizabethhh (@lizowl4)