Two events — a bike rally and a Black Lives Matter protest — drew hundreds of people to Gettysburg on Friday night, Fox43 reported.
Though the groups came out for different reasons, both groups were committed to keeping things peaceful.
The bike rally was organized after the annual Gettysburg Bike Week was canceled due to the pandemic. The event brought motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country.
Bike rally organizer Shaun Wood said veterans and police officers were participating in the rally and that the purpose of the event was to support local businesses.
“This is for the vets that gave us our freedom and the black and blue that protect us every day,” Wood told Fox43.
The Black Lives Matter protest was held by Save Our People’s in response to alleged hatred in Gettysburg earlier this month.
“I am not saying some white people have not been abused by police officers. I’m not saying that,” said organizer Irish Whaley, the founder of Save Our People’s, to Fox43. “I am not saying no lives matter, white lives don’t matter. I am saying black lives matter because black lives are being killed.”
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Both groups stayed relatively peaceful throughout the afternoon, though some protestors said an armed militia showed up downtown, causing some distress among protestors. Despite the presence of the militia, things stayed peaceful.
“They’re just trying to cause trouble,” Alicia Aguilar, participant, said to Fox43. “There is no reason for them to be here. This is a peaceful group.”
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