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While Asheville police were preparing for marches following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, downtown was mostly quiet Tuesday night. 

Matt Bush / BPR News


After a week of protests against police brutality in Asheville and across the country, local educators are using history to make sense of what feels like an unprecedented moment. 

Franzi Charen

One by one, they arrived at their downtown businesses this week to find shattered storefronts and graffiti-stained walls.

The damage could not have come at a worse time, following a two-month closure from a pandemic and a sluggish reopening.

But these Asheville business owners chose not to cast blame or demand justice from the vandals.

They joined the cause.

Lilly Knoepp / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Anti-racist and Black Lives Matter marches haven’t being occurring in just large cities.  Small towns in the most rural parts of North Carolina have seen them too.  BPR was at one in the westernmost end of North Carolina Thursday night: 


Hundreds gathered in Murphy to support Black Lives Matter and remember the life of George Floyd.


“No Justice, No Peace. No Justice, No Peace...” 


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Toque de queda en Asheville


La ciudad de Asheville se encuentra actualmente en estado de emergencia y toque de queda, esto debido a los desmanes provocados en las últimas horas por las marchas y protestas en el centro de la ciudad. Así lo aseguró la alcaldesa Esther Manheimer el pasado martes 2 de Junio. El Toque de queda comienza a las 8 p.m. y finaliza a las 6 a.m. Fuerzas policiales se encontrarán monitoreando las calles para asegurar que los residentes no salgan. Para más información visita nuestra página web

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Two demonstrations this week in Sylva remained peaceful. But rumors continue to swirl that weapons were present at each. BPR spoke with Sylva’s Police Chief: 


Police chief Chris Hatton says rumors are rampant right now. 


“I have been on rumor patrol for three days,” says Hatton. 


Matt Peiken | BPR News

On Tuesday night, officers in full riot gear were video recorded destroying a makeshift medic station for protestors along Asheville’s Patton Avenue. About a hundred yards away, the following afternoon, Ian Wilkinson, an established muralist in Asheville, immortalized the scene on a boarded up storefront along Lexington Avenue.

“This is our job,” Wilkinson said in between applying bursts of spray paint on a board beneath the awning of Asheville Hemp Farms.

“We’re used to kinda creating this magic and it’s our duty to be part of this movement and give a voice to people that are not being heard,” he said.

Lilly Knoepp

Protests ignited in cities large and small across North Carolina this weekend over the death of George Floyd.  BPR was at a vigil in Sylva.

A large crowd gathered at the bottom of the Jackson County Courthouse steps for a candlelight vigil around the fountain on Sunday evening. The event was organized by the local NAACP chapter and Indivisible. 

The group stood in silence for 45 minutes.  Then Pastor Jo Schonewolf from Whittier United Methodist Church gave a benediction focusing on the children at the vigil. 

Matt Bush

(Thursday 10:00 p.m.) - Thursday night’s vigil in Pack Square went off peacefully, with protesters leaving as organizers urged before the 8 p.m. curfew went into effect.