Several hundred protesters marched to New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday to speak out against police violence and oppression against blacks and minorities.

Organized by a nationwide movement called the October 22 Coalition, the event started about 2 miles south of Times Square in Union Square, with marchers expressing solidarity with those protesting against the murder of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. Similar protests were simultaneously held in more than 50 cities across the U.S.

The shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August set off mass protests that drew thousands to the Ferguson area, and which have since continued at various levels.

“Indict, convict and send the killer cops to jail. The whole system is guilty as hell,” Jamel Mims, 28, member of a group called the New York City Revolution Club, told The Anadolu Agency.

“This system actually doesn’t have a future for the youth. And we are here to say ‘No more,’” he said.

Throughout the march, protesters chanted slogans against mass incarceration and police brutality.

The New York City was part of an annual nationwide protest organized by the coalition, which, since 1996, has observed Oct. 22 as the “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.”

No arrests were reported at the New York march.

Anadolu Agency