Following a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied in major U.S. cities and across the world to protest gun violence and call for political action from Congressional leaders.
The March for Our Lives protest brought out thousands of teenagers and young children across the country, marking an extraordinary moment in U.S. history: It was likely the largest political rally organized by people not old enough to vote.
Protestors gathered across almost every major U.S. city, according to organizers. Washington, the site of the main rally, prepared for up to 500,000 people, while New York saw over 150,000, according to Mayor Bill DiBlasio.
The students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were gunned down last month by a shooter with a high-powered rifle, have become key figures in the latest movement for gun control.
In particular, Stoneman student Emma Gonzalez, who has become the face of her generation’s anger toward political indecisiveness, stunned the massive gathering in Washington, D.C., as she read out the names of those who were killed at her school.
She went silent for a few minutes as the crowd, assembled within sight of the Capitol rotunda, watched.
She then spoke: “Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting, and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.”
WATCH: Emma Gonzalez names the murdered Parkland victims and observes several minutes of silence in a 6-minute, 20-second speech that covered the same time it took the gunman to kill 17 people in her high school:— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 24, 2018
"Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job." pic.twitter.com/OrTfuTdSNn
But the protest is also notable for its size and its proliferation across the U.S. Here, for example, is a Snapchat map showing the rallies along the East Coast:
Wow. This is something really incredible. pic.twitter.com/oh68EZUAuQ— Casey Feldman (@ligerxx) March 24, 2018
And here are some pictures from Saturday’s rallies:
Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney showed up at the New York protest, which ran along Central Park.
“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here so it’s important to me,” he said. Fellow Beatle John Lennon was gunned down at his residence, the Dakota, which faces Central Park West, in 1980.
Common performing at the rally in Washington, D.C.:
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.