Protests begin in steamy heat; Raleigh reinstates curfew for 3rd night

— In Chapel Hill and Raleigh, city leaders were preparing for another round of protests Wednesday afternoon driven by outrage over the death of George Floyd last month.

‘Human chain’ to form in downtown Raleigh

Members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church planned to join with protesters to create a “human chain” of up to a mile long – from the church on Hillsborough Street to the North Carolina State Capitol. Organizers called for 350 people, standing 15 feet apart, holding signs in silence.

Rev. Nancy Petty said the purpose was to bear witness, “to respect the physical, social distancing that we’ve been asked to do in our city, and to not gather in large crowds, but to still give a personal witness with our bodies and our words.”

While the protest is planned for the afternoon, Raleigh will be under a curfew Wednesday night for a third night beginning at 8 p.m.

Chapel Hill to provide masks, water to protesters

Chapel Hill city leaders planned to offer face masks to protesters who don’t have them and water, as temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s.

Chapel Hill transit tweeted it will detour some routes away from Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. since the march is expected to last for several hours.

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemmingway released a statement Tuesday that read, “We support the rights of those who are peacefully protesting and honoring the memory of George Floyd and countless others that have been victims of systemic racism and police violence. Let’s work together to ensure that protests remain peaceful…and we pledge to make every effort within our power to fight systemic racism within our police forces, cities and this nation.”

Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:27:40 +0000