SAN ANTONIO – All through downtown, companies are boarding up their home windows and doorways, bracing for potential unrest beginning on Election Day forward of what many are calling probably the most contentious election of our lives.
Some enterprise homeowners are utilizing the identical plywood they used throughout demonstrations that turned violent in late May after George Floyd was killed.
“One factor after one other. However I imply, we’ve bought to roll with the punches,” mentioned Daniel Rivera, the supervisor 4th Bar & Lounge Supervisor, who was boarding up the institution Monday.
At SNAX Comfort Retailer, employees are additionally experiencing deja vu. They boarded up the shop after the George Floyd incident. Now, forward of the election, they’re bracing for extra unrest.
At Alamo Vintage Mall, supervisor Linda Wickwire is experiencing the same frustration.
“It’s like, does it finish? The place is it going to finish? We’re small companies, and we wrestle. We put our blood, sweat and tears in it. And, you realize, for somebody simply to take it away in a single hour or one night — it’s heartbreaking,” Wickwire mentioned.
With no precise phrase on when state officers will finalize election outcomes, the potential for destruction is hanging in limbo. It’s seemingly a lot of the plywood that may be seen downtown proper now will probably be left there for a couple of days.
“Most likely till the weekend’s over, as soon as all people cools off,” Rivera mentioned.
Native officers emphasised that they’ve obtained no credible threats. Nevertheless, there’s a security plan in place that features native, state, and federal legislation enforcement businesses.
Beginning Tuesday and so long as it takes, officers say it will likely be all palms on deck to reply to any unrest if wanted.
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