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NYC Protesters Denounce Mayor

April 21, 2000 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ More than 2,000 protesters marched about three miles from Brooklyn to City Hall to demand Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s resignation over his handling of fatal police shootings of unarmed black men.

``Amadou Diallo! Patrick Dorismond! Malcolm Ferguson!″ shouted the mostly Haitian-American crowd. ``Giuliani must go!″

Diallo was slain by four white police officers _ they were acquitted of murder charges. Dorismond was killed outside a Manhattan bar and Ferguson was fatally shot during an undercover drug raid, all this year.

In each case, Giuliani has vociferously defended the police. He sometimes sought to shift blame for the shootings to the victims and was criticized for releasing Dorismond’s sealed juvenile criminal record.

The protesters promised to fight against Giuliani’s bid for the Senate.

``You all have got to vote!″ shouted Marie Dorismond, Dorismond’s sister. ``All of this will mean nothing if you don’t vote. ... I’m tired of crying for black brothers.″

If Giuliani loses the Senate race in November to his Democratic opponent, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, he will remain mayor until 2001.

The protesters voiced anger toward the NYPD as well, but their real focus was Giuliani, and sign after sign depicted the mayor as the devil or as Adolf Hitler. The signs were cheered by about hundred onlookers as the marchers came off the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.

``Giuliani violates human rights,″ ``Giuliani, the new Hitler,″ and ``Stop and frisk Giuliani, book him up for racism,″ read some of the signs.

One person was arrested during the protest, but he was later released and the arrest voided.

Giuliani’s office did not immediately return a telephone call for comment on the rally, but he said earlier in the day: ``People have a right to protest, I really have no problem with that at all as long as they do it peacefully.″