At least four protesters arrested in Raleigh, one the ReOpenNC organizer
At least four protesters were arrested at the ReOpenNC rally in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday. The arrests came as protesters moved from outside the state legislative building to the governor's office.Posted — Updated
WRAL's Joe Fisher reports the four were arrested after breaking a fence during the protest. Police were guarding the executive mansion before any arrests. Protesters tried to gain entry into the mansion by breaking a lock on the back gate and tried pulling the gate off the hinges. That’s when NCSCP, NCSHP, and RPD surrounded the mansion keeping everyone off the mansion sidewalk.
Protestors chanted, "Reopen right now!" as they walked through the streets of downtown Raleigh for the third time since the coronavirus pandemic.
- About 200 protesters remained in downtown Raleigh at around 2 p.m.
- At noon on Tuesday, the protestors blocked off Morgan Street.
- The protesters, carrying signs that have messages like, "Protect the vulnerable, don't quarantine the healthy," and "No new normal," started at the North Carolina State Archives building and ended at the legislature's building.
- Anna Troxler and Emily Hamilton are salon owners who traveled from Greensboro to protest with ReOpenNC Tuesday. "We as owners, we are essential," Hamilton said, "just as everybody else." They worry that if their salon stays closed down for much longer, it will be permanent.
- Healthcare workers and experts are on the ground to counter-protest the ReOpenNC group, wanting the state to remain close.
- Medical students at Campbell University told WRAL News that they wanted to send legislators a message on Tuesday: keep the state closed. The students do not stand with the ReOpenNC protestors. The students said these protests endangers them, hospital workers, the immunocompromised and the healthy.
- A WRAL News Poll found that 52% support reopening "around June or later." Thirteen percent of those surveyed said the state should open now.
Whitlock was not at Tuesday's protest, sources told WRAL.
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