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Black Lives Matter Protesters to Hold Peaceful Rally During Marathon

Black Lives Matter St. Paul has agreed not to disrupt the Twin Cities Marathon during the rally the group is planning for Sunday, Mayor Chis Coleman said after talking with the group's organizer on Thursday.

After meeting for more than two hours behind closed doors with Rashad Turner, the mayor said Turner assured him the group wouldn't interfere with runners and that they're committed to a peaceful rally.

"Our voices are being listened to,” Turner told reporters after the meeting. The mayor told WCCO-AM the city will provide space near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race for however many protesters choose to attend. "Folks will be able to gather and have their voices be heard, but they will not be disrupting runners from finishing the race or interfering with people that are coming out to watch the race," Coleman said.

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