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Two different protests are scheduled in Ashland on Sunday

Both protests want justice for George Floyd.

Posted: May 31, 2020 11:08 AM
Updated: May 31, 2020 7:07 PM

ASHLAND, Ore.  --

Hundreds of people made their way through downtown Ashland to take part in the second protest of the day. People shouted "George Floyd, say his name". There were lots of large banners and signs saying "Black Lives Matter". 

The protest remained peaceful, and organizers encouraged people to clean up after themselves and to not leave any trash. Ashland Police kept cars out of the streets as people marched. 

NewsWatch 12's Josh Shelton brought us live reports via Facebook. You can see that video attached down below.

Tune into NewsWatch 12 tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 for full updates.

(Updated 5/31/20 at 2:10 p.m.)


NewsWatch 12's Josh Shelton says he estimated there to be more than 200 people at the Lithia Park protest. He says people laid on the grass chanting "I can't breathe" for 9 minutes. After the 9 minutes, protesters marched to the Lithia Park amphitheater, and some continued to march down Main Street. 

The protest was peaceful, with people wearing masks and staying six feet apart while lying in the grass. Ashland Police Chief O'Meara gave the group permission.

NewsWatch 12 will stay on scene in Ashland for the second protest at 1:00 p.m. 

(Updated 5/31/20 at 1:00 p.m.) 


Initial report: 

People in Ashland are planning to protest the death of George Floyd. The protests are called 'Justice for George Floyd.'

The first protest is happening at 11:00 am at Lithia Park. Organizations say this will be a peaceful anti-racism protest. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available to people that need them.

The second protest is at 1:00pm at the Ashland Plaza. Organizers say this protest is about more than 'Justice for George Floyd'. They are also protesting racism, police brutality and excessive police budgets. 

NewsWatch 12 will be at the protests. Stay with us for updates on this developing story. 

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