The protest, which began at 3 p.m., was in addition to a protest that started around 1 p.m. in Durham. Another protest began at 5 p.m. in Raleigh.
As protests over the death of George Floyd happen all over the country, one was underway Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville.
The protest later moved to downtown Fayetteville and remained non-violent until about 6:45 p.m.
Protesters then broke into the Market House. A U.S. flag was also burned just in front of the Market House.
Several windows were also broken at the Market House as protesters surrounded the structure.
By 7:15 p.m., the Market House could be seen with smoke coming from it after it was set on fire. No firefighters or police could be seen in the area. The Market House is a historic, iconic building in downtown. However, in the 1800s, the building has a history of being a market where enslaved people were sold.
A rioter was filmed accidentally setting himself on fire while trying to burn down the Market House:
“The video, which appears to have been live streamed, shows a rioter lighting a fire inside the Market House — but catching fire in the process. Protesters can be heard audibly gasping as the rioter catches fire, prompting the man to flee from the building. ‘Get him out, get him out!’ one man can be heard yelling,’”
Rioter in Fayetteville, sets himself on fire while attemping to light a building on fire with a Molotov. pic.twitter.com/SkkgDvhziA
— Tony (@Mrtdogg) May 31, 2020
The video showed the rioters chanting “Black Lives Matter” after setting fire to the building and smashing out its windows.
The Market House in downtown Fayetteville is on fire. Protestors have shattered the windows and are chanting,”Black Lives Matter.” pic.twitter.com/7vUGPrPKnB
— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) May 30, 2020
Market House was built in 1832 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
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