DC Businesses Board Up over Fears of Possible Election Violence (+Video)

DC Businesses Board Up over Fears of Possible Election Violence (+Video)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Washington DC businesses have boarded up over fears of possible election-related violence.

"We haven’t boarded up yet," said Angela Allred, manager of Imperial Wine & Spirits. "However, we will be boarding up. I think people are just getting prepared. They’re scared because of what happened last time."

Allred described destruction and looting at nearby businesses that happened in wake of protests for George Floyd.

DC police say windows were broken, and rocks and bricks were thrown at officers Tuesday evening.

"I think that people want to get close to the White House to be able to express their concerns and we’re as close as they can get," said Allred.

The decision to board storefronts follows a contentious election season and recent violent demonstrations and peaceful protests alike in the region.

People took to the streets Wednesday night near the site where a 20-year-old died after being confronted by the Metropolitan Police Department.

Seven On Your Side walked through the business district around F Street and talked to workers. They said they boarded up around six businesses Wednesday afternoon.

"It’s sad because we are small business owners," said Allred. "We're trying to make a living. We’re here to service the public, yet we're the ones that are being targeted."

In a flyer that was distributed, District leaders recommended against boarding up businesses during protests.

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