Social Media Observers Embrace Pottstown Peaceful Protest
POTTSTOWN PA – The gathering of a crowd Sunday afternoon (May 31, 2020) and early evening at Smith Family Plaza outside Pottstown Borough Hall on East High Street, and other similar groups elsewhere downtown, represented what local social media observers said was a peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Post was unavailable to be present at and did not attend the event, so it has no first-hand knowledge of the activity there. In its overview of posts on outlets like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, however, it found entries that seemed to corroborate the quiet and reserved nature of the event.
The Pottstown protest apparently was among many others that occurred nationwide Sunday, CNN reported. Others also were held in Reading, Easton, Allentown, and Bethlehem; they, too, were reportedly peaceful.
Also seen Sunday on social media were, as far as The Post could tell, unsubstantiated reports and claims of looting, or fears expressed about looting, at both the Walmart store on Shoemaker Road and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in nearby Limerick Township. As of Monday (June 1) at 5:30 a.m., no law enforcement notices had appeared to indicate any such incidents occurred.
It is known that all SEPTA public transportation on routes across Philadelphia and its suburbs was suspended (below) until Monday at 6 a.m. as a result of violence in and around the city.
It is also known that some Walmart stores in Montgomery County closed early Sunday, at 5 p.m., due to concerns about violence that occurred Saturday night (May 30) at the mall in King of Prussia. The Pottstown Walmart on Shoemaker Road and the Norristown Walmart on Trooper Road were said to have been among the stores that closed unexpectedly due to notices from the retailer’s upper management.
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