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Dream Defenders Protest Miami Worldcenter

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Nadege Green
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Dream Defenders protest outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.

The Dream Defenders, a local social justice group, says it will protest against Miami Worldcenter until certain demands are met that benefit the struggling Overtown community.

Overtown borders the $2 billion Worldcenter development and critics say the project will shut out residents of that neighborhood.

Until their demands are met, the Dream Defenders protesters say they will create civil unrest and demonstrate at County Hall.

Here are the group's demands:

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Credit http://www.dreamdefenders.org/overtown_rising

Friday afternoon, dozens of protesters gathered at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center building in downtown Miami chanting, “Whose building? Our building!”

But the protesters couldn’t get into County Hall. Miami-Dade police officers blocked the entrances.

Lt. Jim Tietz told protesters that because they’ve publicly advertised on social media their intent to cause civil unrest, protesters would not be allowed into the county building.

“Any protesting that occurs inside you will be subject to arrest,” Tietz said.

Instead of storming County Hall, protesters staged a "die-in" at the feet of police officers blocking the entrance to the building.

They lay on the ground silently to represent the death of black communities. And when they got up, the protesters chanted, “We’ll be back. We’ll be back.”