A Black Lives Matter rally gathered at Athens City Hall to discuss the movement and the local government’s budget. However, the rally was met with opposition leading to tension and unrest on June 16, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. Disputes broke out between the two groups leading to several verbal alterations and one physical altercation.
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Hundreds of people gathered outside Athens City Hall on Tuesday to protest and speak at the public input meeting for the county fiscal year 2021 budget proposal.
Juneteenth is observed on June 19 each year and celebrates the emancipation of African slaves in the United States. Many have advocated for the day to become a federal holiday.