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Downtown Curfew, Alamo Fenced In Anticipation Of More Protests

This post was updated on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:14 p.m.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed another curfew order for the Downtown Business District today. The curfew will run every night from 9:00 p.m.–6:00 a.m. starting tonight through Sunday, June 7.

Earlier Wednesday, city workers put up a four-foot-tall chain link fence mounted on water-filled plastic barriers in front of the Alamo. The temporary fencing is another precaution the city has taken in anticipation of protests downtown.

"The fencing will secure The Alamo and will remain in place as long as events indicate it is needed," the city said in a press release.

The fence is a product of a second peaceful protest that turned violent on Alamo Plaza on Tuesday night. On Saturday, March 30, the first was held in honor of George Floyd, and it devolved into a riot after a confrontation between protestors and police at Alamo Plaza.

The city announced on Monday that Alamo Plaza will be closed from 8:30 p.m.–6 a.m. nightly until Sunday, June 7. On Tuesday, demonstrators marched toward the Alamo despite this closure.

The fence starts roughly one hundred in front of the Alamo, wraps around the Cenotaph and ends at the Alamo’s wall. It stands roughly 8 feet tall, and there is still an opening for pedestrians to access the Alamo, though the mission itself is closed to visitors.

The city has begun to take precautions ahead of future protests:

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @kath_creedon.

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