Protesters return to downtown Columbus; prayer vigil brings unity among unrest

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — People have returned to downtown Columbus for the sixth day of demonstrations.

Tuesday night, a prayer vigil with local religious leaders and protesters was held on the steps of Columbus City Hall.

ODOT has closed a handful of ramps into downtown Columbus Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people in Columbus are joining thousands more across the country and the world. Most are peacefully calling for systemic changes to address racial disparity.

The protests are in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man killed last week in police custody.

While a few agitators have destroyed property and businesses, most are calling for change peacefully.

There’s a curfew in Columbus that takes effect every night at 10 and lifts and 6am. City leaders say that will stay in place indefinitely.

While a few agitators have destroyed property and businesses, most are calling for change peacefully.

“If you hear that your people are being oppressed, you have to have enough heart to come out here to stand and fight for it, so I would say that it’s the love that brought this crowd out here,” said Tawanna Berger, of Columbus. “It’s the love that’s keeping them peaceful.”

There is a curfew in Columbus that takes effect every night at 10 p.m. and lifts and 6 a.m. City leaders say that will stay in place indefinitely.

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