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Durham County Closes Downtown Offices Amid Rumors of White Supremacist Rally

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews has confirmed that a hate group, maybe the Klu Klux Klan, will hold a demonstration Friday at noon outside the courthouse.

The Sheriff’s office released this statement about the event:

“The Sheriff’s Office is thoroughly researching the potential of several groups with opposing viewpoints holding demonstrations in Durham. This is partly why the Sheriff’s Office continues to remind demonstrators to first obtain a permit and most importantly, abide by the law. I expect demonstrators to conduct themselves in such a manner that is legal and respectful of the Durham County community. Again, I call upon city and county leaders to establish rules for demonstrators.”

The local INDYWeek reported that multiple downtown retailers and at least four government buildings will be closing early to miss the demonstration.

Durham City Council member Jillian Johnson tweeted about the march this morning.

Lawyer Scott Holmes says the case for the people who remove the Confederate monument started this morning, thus the reason for the rally.

The county is worried after the violence that took place in Charlottesville last weekend between the white supremacists and counter protesters, which led to the death of two police officers and one woman.

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