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Broadway businesses vandalized, looted during protests

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Posted at 10:54 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 10:48:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The "I Will Breathe" rally in downtown Nashville Saturday began peaceful Saturday afternoon but became violent and damaging.

The protest seemed to wrap up Saturday evening, but many people stayed in the streets near the Metro Courthouse around 8 p.m. A statue was toppled at the state capitol, the Metro Courthouse was vandalized and set on fire.

And as protesters moved through downtown onto Broadway, they took aim at shops and honky tonks along the famous street. NewsChannel 5's Sky 5 watched as a crowd smashed windows of the Boot Barn, Margaritaville, Big Time Boots and others.

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Damage to a business on Lower Broadway following a night of violent protests

The crowd moved through Broadway and up 5th Avenue where they broke a window of Ryman Auditorium.

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