Downtown Raleigh streets closed through the weekend
A number of streets in downtown Raleigh will be closed through the weekend - from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Monday - in expectation of possible protests.
well. In less than 24 hours, Mayor Marianne Baldwin will decide whether to put a curfew in place for rally this weekend. Already, a number of streets downtown will close ahead of possible protests. WRL Julian Grace is live tonight in downtown Raleigh with details on this, Julian. Okay, after, let me show you this right here. Some businesses have yet to take down their boards since the last protest. In fact, they have signs out letting customers know they're still open despite seeing all of this. And now the big question is, well, these businesses have to clear another big hurdle tomorrow. Some businesses are not taking any chances. This afternoon, just before five o'clock, we saw boards going up. I don't know what to speak right now about this weekend because a few months ago wasa really bad process thistles the bad. When protests turned into riots and during the process, small businesses became the target. I really think it's sad that have to do that because you know, for the reason that do the protesters has nothing to do with, you know, breaking and people stuff and messing up streets will be blocked off to deter riots. Fairvale Street between Morgan and Davie Street will be blocked off Hargett Street between Salsbury and Wilmington Street Blocked off, and Martin Street between Salsbury and Wilmington Street also blocked off. What we don't want to see happen is our small businesses destroyed our downtown destroyed and violent acts of destruction. So we're just pleading for peace and peaceful protest. And those grabbing a bite to eat downtown seemed to understand and appreciate the extra precautions. It's a shame everything has built it up, but they're doing the right thing right now is gonna be another protest, while those who make their living here have prepared for the worst. We was already preparing all this stuff for for the protest. So you know what waas like way don't have any damage on the restaurant Now. Mayor Baldwin says she will be keeping an eye on things across the country tonight. And she couldn't make a decision by tomorrow morning at eight o'clock. If she will institute that curfew. Catherine Julia Grace, live in downtown Raleigh. Julian. Thank you.