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This year's Kentucky Derby will probably go down as one of, if not the strangest one in history. First of all, the event has no fans in the stands this year. Recent events caused the Derby (usually scheduled in May) to be postponed until this Saturday with all new regulations in mind, atleast for the time being. That means no in-person spectators and special guidelines for the racers and their teams.
But believe it or not, that's not the only thing causing issues at this year's Derby. The 101st installment of the Derby was met with demonstrators demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Along with them were armed counter-protesters saying there side. The two groups met with chanting and some yelling from both sides, though as of yet there have been no injuries or altercations to speak of. The protests from both sides, though a bit intense, were not aggressive. The protests ended with riot geared police breaking up the crowds.
Now with that being said, I'm a bit confused here. Why of all places was the Kentucky Derby the place to protest? I understand these things need to be said anywhere possible, but the KD? With no fans there? With limited staff? With fewer fans tuning in than say basketball?
Am I missing something here?