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At least six North Main Street businesses were temporarily boarding up Friday, in advance of a planned peaceful protest this weekend in downtown Washington.“It’s just a precaution,” said Chris Chambers, president of Chambers Insurance Agency, one of the buildings being fortified.The protest will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in front of the Washington County Courthouse on North Main. Then, beginning around noon, the group plans to march from the courthouse steps to Washington High School on Allison Avenue.
Protests against racial injustice have been organized globally following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, while in police custody. Some protests have escalated, resulting in damage to buildings, looting and arrests.Washington police Chief Robert Wilson reiterated Friday that his department has no “solid evidence” that people are being bused in from out of town to attend the protest or turn it violent. Wilson and the protest organizers have been in communication for days, and all have adamantly communicated multiple times that they intend to maintain a peaceful protest.Sarah Collier, Main Street manager of the Washington Business District Authority, said in an email Friday that “we have no indication that this will be anything other …
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