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#BlackLivesMatter | ‘Hate and violence won’t fix the damage, only love can do that’: Activist attempts to broker peace with free hugs for all after Charlotte riots

Daily Mail
By Khaleda Rahman For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:56 EST, 22 September 2016 | Updated: 07:41 EST, 23 September 2016
 
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As Charlotte saw a second night of riots, one man attempted to broker peace in the community by offering free hugs to all.

Ken Nwadike, of the Free Hugs Project, headed to North Carolina on Wednesday night to try to resolve tensions with love, rather than hate.

A video of Nwadike, who is black, hugging police officers in riot gear – both black and white – has gone viral, amassing more than 13million views in less than 12 hours.

While some protesters welcomed the activist’s peaceful approach, the eight-minute clip also captured the hostility he faced from others who hurled abuse at him for embracing cops.

‘I think that people are hurting and I understand that. It’s very tough for them to see a black man hugging police officers,’ he told CNN.

But he added: ‘I don’t see it as us versus them. It’s very important for us to be able to spread love to one another.
 
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Video | Activist offers free hugs during the Charlotte demonstrations
 
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