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Protests planned in St. Charles and Ballwin Wednesday afternoon

Marches in St. Charles and Ballwin encourage people to peacefully take a stand against racism Wednesday afternoon

BALLWIN, Mo. — Several protests are scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 outside of the St. Louis metro area.

One march in St. Charles will start at the St. Charles Cinema at 3 p.m. A second march in St. Charles begins at 6 p.m. at Schlafly and will proceed down Main Street.

The City of St. Charles announced that City Hall will close to the public at 2:30 p.m. and reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m. Residents can still reach the city via phone or through its website, it said on Facebook.

A family-friendly march in Ballwin will start at the Ballwin Government Center in Vlasis Park at 6 p.m.

These peaceful protests will be similar to marches Monday afternoon in downtown St. Louis and O’Fallon, Missouri. At those gatherings, people banded together with signs and without violence – even hand-in-hand with law enforcement at times.

Group organizers say making a difference goes beyond raising awareness on social media.

Protests across the country are demanding justice for George Floyd.

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