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Peaceful protest planned in Front Royal tonight

5 June 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News


Citizens of the newly-formed Front Royal Unites have organized a peaceful march to protest the “institutional injustices that affect Black and Brown people in our country.”

Starting at Bing Crosby Stadium at 6:30 tonight, protesters will march down East 8th Street to East 6th Street before making their way back up Commerce Avenue and heading back to the stadium. A rally with speakers is scheduled at Bing Crosby Stadium following the march.

To prevent any violence, organizers are emphasizing the peaceful aspect of this event.

“It is important to remain peaceful — there have been sustained reports of people showing up to agitate the outcome of this event,” Front Royal Unites said in a statement. “We will not allow them to disturb our peace and take away the focus from the movement. We will lead by example.”

Organizers have coordinated with local officials and there will be a police presence along the route and at the stadium. Roads will be blocked as well.

The mission of Front Royal Unites is to eradicate white supremacy, according to the group’s statement.

“We believe silence is complicit and injustices against minority groups must stop! From the courthouse to the schoolhouse, bridges must be built and not burnt down. We want to ensure that regardless of your complexion, you are not feared, you feel safe, and you get equal footing. Together we are united. Together we are Front Royal.”

Free parking will be available at Bing Crosby Stadium and early arrival is suggested.

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