No action taken on statues
By WECT Staff | June 20, 2020 at 9:50 PM EDT – Updated June 24 at 4:14 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Wilmington City Council members addressed the removal of Confederate monuments and then talked about it in a closed session.
They did not indicate how long the curfew and protection would continue but said the discussion would continue when they reconvene at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The City of Wilmington had announced a curfew on June 20 for the areas surrounding two Confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington.
In the press release, a city spokesperson said, “This is to prevent incidents in the vicinity of the monuments.”
Mayor Bill Saffo declared a state of emergency in the proclamation announcing the curfew, which says in part:
“The protests that have occurred in our City of Wilmington have been largely peaceful and proper. However, recent events have shown that some individuals have sought to incite criminal civil unrest and their actions now pose an imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property to the City of Wilmington.”
The curfew is from 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. and includes Market Street between 3rd St. and 5th Ave. as well as 3rd St. between Market and Orange streets.
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