Folks gather in Tarrytown, ny in preparation for March across Mario Cuomo bridge. Though most marchers are white, organizers say the rally is for black and transgender people to highlight the issues that affect them in the suburbs and in rural areas.

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State Police Prevent Black Women's March From Crossing Cuomo Bridge

April 07, 2018 - 2:38 pm

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- A march was planned for the Mario Cuomo Bridge today, but New York State Police got in the way.

A group planned to march across the Tappan Zee replacement bridge to highlight the plight of black women in suburban and rural communities in New York state.

Police declared the assembly unlawful and ordered protestors to dispers, LoHud reported.

Protestors were gathered in Tarrytown ahead of the march, they had planned to cross the bridge around noon and then head to Memorial Park in Nyack.

"The entrance is blocked, why would you do that to people who are marching for black women, for black lives?" co-organizer Vanessa Green said.

LoHud reports, state police issued a statement on Friday regarding the event.

“(Police) strongly support the rights of any group to peacefully march and express their freedom of speech. However, the safety of the participants is of paramount importance."

Police added that marching across the bridge would present 'significant safety issues.' Pedestrian paths on the bridge have not been completed.