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Columbus activists arrested following Uptown protest

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Columbus community activist Marquese “Skinny” Averett was arrested during a protest on Saturday. (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Columbus community activist Marquese “Skinny” Averett was arrested during a protest on Saturday. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
Columbus NAACP Chapter President Tonza Thomas was arrested during a protest on Saturday. (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Columbus NAACP Chapter President Tonza Thomas was arrested during a protest on Saturday. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson confirms that two protest organizers were arrested for civil disobedience Saturday evening in downtown Columbus.

The mayor says the group of demonstrators did not have a permit for the protest.

The protest started at the Columbus Government Center, and marchers made a lap on Broadway and to the intersection of Veterans Parkway and 10th Street.

When police asked the group to get off the street, that’s when the organizers were arrested.

The Columbus police chief had previously warned the protesters not to block traffic, but they did so anyway and were arrested.  

Those arrested were Columbus activist Marquese “Skinny” Averett, 26, and Tonza Thomas, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP.

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