Atlanta protests: Live updates from 7th day of demonstrations

For the seventh straight day, metro Atlanta residents are gathering for a series of protests denouncing racism and police brutality and demanding change.

Sparked by the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, demonstrations have filled the streets of downtown Atlanta since Friday. Wednesday's protests ended largely peacefully after the city's curfew hit. A 9 p.m. curfew is in effect in Atlanta again Thursday.

Here are minute-by-minute updates on Thursday’s protests:

3 p.m.: MARTA will operate its rail, bus and paratransit services as scheduled Thursday night despite Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' decision to impose a 9 p.m. curfew. The agency will not operate its streetcar service.

MARTA said any service adjustments will be announced through social media, its MARTA app and its web site.

Protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement are planned for downtown Duluth and Lilburn on Friday afternoon, organizers announced.

“We stood together and we marched 2.5 miles, and we honored Martin Luther King Jr. along the way,” Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown said. “This is what peaceful protesting is about.”

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1 p.m.: The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. urged protesters to continue the fight for justice at a rally Thursday morning at the King Center in Atlanta.

“Don’t stop,” Bernice King said at the rally.

“Don’t stop until there is justice and equity for black and brown people, not just in these United States but all across the world in which that we live in,” she said.

The peaceful protest included a march, with many carrying signs, and was planned in honor of George Floyd, whose funeral is Thursday.