At the weekend, thousands of people in New York City took part in the Queer Liberation March, which attracted a bigger crowd than usual due to the traditional Pride march being cancelled because of coronavirus.

The peaceful protest saw people march behind a banner reading 'Black lives and against police brutality' but was marred by violence just hours after it started as police confronted the protesters and used force to make arrests near Washington Square Park, just minutes away from the historic location of the Stonewall Riots, as reported by BuzzFeed News.

Away from those scenes, there was a startling contrast in behaviour in New York City towards not just injustice and inequality but the coronavirus. Footage captured by Instagram user Sam Youkilis, showed that while the march was happening, all for a good a worthwhile cause, others went about their dare blissfully aware of the movement and seemingly the pandemic too.

The footage which has now been viewed more than 100,000 times on Instagram has since gone viral on Twitter with many feeling that it sums up many of the problems that are ongoing in the United States.

The march was a combined effort from the LGBTQ+ community and was in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Although the pride march was cancelled in person, it still took place online.

Although many parts of the United States have begun to open up again, including restaurants, there is still no sign that cases of coronavirus have begun to decline with states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut asking anyone who has travelled from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah to isolate for 14 days. There have been more than 200,000 cases of Covid-19 in New York City alone since the pandemic began and 21,940 deaths.

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