A female Native American speaker led a crowd in a chant of “down, down USA” at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
In her speech, the woman claimed that former Libyan dictator Muammar “Gaddafi is still alive” and called on President Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two FBI officers in 1975.
A video clip of the speech posted by C-SPAN shows the woman likening Native American reservations to concentration camps.
“They have a whole race of indigenous people on reservations, concentration camps. They’re out there killing the indigenous people spiritually,” she said before beginning her chant of “down, down USA.”
At one point the woman held up what appeared to be a flag of the Black Panther group.
The woman made her remarks following a speech from Chief Ernie Longwalker of the Red Wind Nation, who was unhappy about his speech being cut short.
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“They’re telling me to stop,” he said. “We’ve given you 500 years. You only give us about five minutes.”
The speeches were made at the “Justice or Else!” rally. Thousands of black people and other minorities flooded the nation’s capital for the 20th anniversary of the first Million Man March.
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