Curfew lifted as peaceful protests continue in downtown Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–George Floyd was laid to rest on Tuesday, but the Black Lives Matter movement lives on. Protesters were back out on the steps of city hall for day 11 of protesting, but this time with no curfew in place.

The city of Wilmington announced on Tuesday morning that they were retracting the 9:00 p.m. curfew that was put in place last week. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says they felt it was no longer necessary.

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“It seems like the demonstrations have been very peaceful the last week and you know we said it’s time,”says Saffo. “We’ve seen the demonstrations out here literally everyday and they’ve been very peaceful without any problems. So, we decided it was time.”

The protesters set up camp on the stairs of city, marching throughout the city sharing their message in the community. The Wilmington Police Department guided protester through the streets ensuring their safety while on the march.

The group tells us they have protesting permits in place from now until June 6th of 2021 running from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m everyday. They went onto say they will be out here as look as it takes to see change.