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"Moral Monday" Event To Be Held Wednesday In Greensboro

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Greensboro, NC -- For more than 12 weeks, thousands of protesters have stormed Raleigh for what they call the "Moral Monday" protests.

They're protesting lawmakers' actions on everything from abortion to voting to education. More than 900 people have been arrested since the protests began.

Since the legislative session has ended, the protests are crossing the state. Rallies have been held in Asheville, Charlotte and now Greensboro.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower found out Greensboro Police are taking notes of past Moral Monday events and are ready for anything.

This rally is being held on Wednesday because that is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington.

Organizers told News 2 these protesters will echo their concerns with recently passed legislation.

Their permit says 2,000 people could show up and police say they're prepared to handle the crowd and whatever happens after that.

"We will have security there, we will have resources there, if it turns to anything other than that, but I believe that it will be a traffic event and I think it people are coming to be part of the organized event, they need to be patient and they need to come early," explained Deputy Chief Wayne Scott, Greensboro Police Department.

This event is being organized by the Greensboro chapter of the NAACP and the Beloved Community Church.

The group has reserved the empty lot near the corner of South Elm and Lee streets.

Whenever a group requests a permit for an event like this, police check into the group and their past events so they can have an idea what to expect.  They also keep an eye out for opposing groups.

"Part of our job will be to keep those groups protected, and to make sure that they have an opportunity to exercise free speech and so when we create traffic, or have traffic patterns done a certain way it may be that we anticipate an issue and we want to separate groups," explained Scott.

Police couldn't say how many officers will be at the event because of security reasons for the department but Deputy Chief Scott says there will be a sufficient amount of officers.
 
He says there will be extra command staff to help run the event and officers on hand to direct drivers if roads are closed.

Police began putting their plan together last week and will most likely have their final plan together Tuesday.

"We have some of that groundwork completed so we interact with our intelligence gathering partners or detectives who may have conversations with the people in the group, and we bring all that together with the command staff, people like myself who make decisions about how the resources will be used," explained Scott.

The event begins at 5:30 Wednesday evening.  

WFMY News 2

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