Black Transgender Lives Matter activists disrupted a Hillary Clinton campaign stop in Ohio Thursday, demanding the Democratic frontrunner return donations from individuals affiliated with the prison system.
Video captured GetEQUAL activists holding “Divest From Private Prisons” signs interrupt Clinton’s speech in Cleveland, yelling at the former New York senator as she spoke about the “challenges facing our communities.”
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“Senator Clinton! Five black trans women were found murdered in this country!” one woman shouted. “Senator Clinton! It is a state of emergency!”
“I will certainly be happy to meet with you later, but I’m going to keep talking,” she said from the stage.
In a separate video, security can be seen escorting the activists out of the event as they continue to yell their demands at Clinton.
More footage from today's action at #HillaryinOH #blacktranslivesmatter
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In a statement posted to Facebook, GetEQUAL again called on Clinton to return donations.
“We can’t have a serious conversation with Hillary Clinton about policy until she returns donations and refuses to accept future donations from lobbyists and lawyers affiliated with the private prison industry,” it said.
Clinton is not the first candidate to be confronted by Black Lives Matter activists. Her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders was forced off stage when activists took the microphone from him earlier this year.
Clinton, however, has attempted to pacify the group, meeting with activists back stage earlier this month.
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