Quite a few demonstrations are anticipated all through the week.
WASHINGTON — Some DC companies are boarding up forward of anticipated demonstrations all through the week of the 2020 Election.
Regardless of the moist climate Sunday morning, staff close to Black Lives Matter Plaza have been busy erecting extra plywood limitations over some buildings’ home windows.
Should you did not know any higher, you would be forgiven should you thought they have been prepping for a giant storm about to blow into the nation’s capital.
In a manner, you may be proper. Otherwise you may not be.
As with the climate, the occasions of Election Week 2020 are unpredictable.
“This November we’re coming collectively to take direct motion to defend democracy,” mentioned Hope Neyer, a ShutDownDC organizer.
The group expects hundreds to attend an election night time watch celebration at Black Lives Matter Plaza.
We could have go-go music, we’ll have dancers,” she mentioned. “We have a jumbotron that we’re planning to look at the election outcomes are available on.”
The group plans to hit the streets within the days that observe as nicely.
“From November 4 to seventh, we’re staying prepared,” she mentioned. “We’re staying fluid, we’re able to do no matter it takes.”
The Nationwide Park Service says many teams have utilized for permits to exhibit on or round Election Day.
With hundreds anticipated within the streets, together with regulation enforcement, will stay peaceable?
One tea store proprietor hopes so.
Her retailer was vandalized after the demise of George Floyd. Nonetheless, this week, she mentioned she in all probability will not board up her enterprise. She mentioned she needs “extra hope, much less worry.”
Cautious of the chance of property injury, different downtown companies are taking a no possibilities. They’re boarding up simply in case.
Figuring out whether or not that can be needed earlier than election week is upon us isn’t any simple forecast
It is laborious to say precisely what number of companies downtown at the moment are boarded up, however as of Sunday morning, roughly half close to Black Lives Matter Plaza seemed to be.