- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Over two dozen student protesters have been escorted out of a New York City Council budget hearing.

The incident Wednesday delayed the hearing for about 15 minutes.

It began when high school students from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan stood up in the front row.

They said their schools don’t have the same facilities as mostly white schools - especially for athletics.

After a few spoke, security guards moved in.

Three students, wearing black gloves on raised fists, unfurled a giant banner on the balcony.

It read #civilrightsmatter.

As students were being escorted out, another group near the back stood and chanted with their black-gloved fists raised.

As they were led away, their cries of “Civil rights matter!” and “Let them play!” could be heard throughout the building.

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