City of Wilmington imposes curfew near Confederate statues

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington has issued a curfew near two Confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington.

This went into effect Saturday evening and will lasts through Wednesday or otherwise noted.

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In the press release, a city spokesman wrote “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 read 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 7:00 a.m. and includes Market Street from 3rd St. to 5th Ave. and 3rd St. from Market to Orange streets.