Protest planned Wednesday night in Odessa

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Protests continue across the country as citizens call for justice and equality in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.

Both Midland and Odessa have seen protesters take to the streets to have their voices heard and another rally is set to take place in Odessa Wednesday night.

The City of Odessa announced Tuesday they have been working with the protest organizers and will block off streets downtown prior to the march.

Starting at 4 p.m., the Odessa Police Department will close 8th Street from Golder to Texas, as well as Grant Avenue from 10th Street to 12th Street to “provide a safe experience for everyone involved.”

Map courtesy of the City of Odessa

“Both the City and the police department support citizens’ right to a peaceful protest and right to assemble, however we ask that citizens do so responsibly, and that order is maintained and private property is respected,” a statement from city officials reads.

Tonight’s protest is being organized by “In Defense of Black Lives” and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Organizers are encouraging all members of the community to join them. Additionally they are asking those who attend the march tonight to engage in a peaceful protest and to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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