[image-1]The Charleston Police Department will close off the streets bordering the site of Steve Bannon’s upcoming speech at the Citadel Republican Society Patriot’s Dinner, according to a press release issued Tuesday night.
The event, which will be held at the Holliday Alumni Center across from the Johnson Hagood Memorial Stadium on Hagood Avenue, has attracted a slew of rallies and protests decrying Bannon’s views.
Hagood Avenue will be closed from Fishburne to Huger streets. Congress Street will be closed from Hagood Avenue to President Street. All closures will take effect at 3:30 p.m. and last until 10 p.m.
Residents living in the area should still be able to get to their homes, according to the statement. Sgt. Patrick McLaughlin said that the department is simply erring on the side of safety.
“In an effort to accommodate everyone, either those going to (the event) or those protesting it, the police department is closing that section for the safety of everyone involved,” McLaughlin said.
National Action Network state president James Johnson said that Citadel president Lt. Gen. John Rosa expressed regret over not getting in front of the invitation earlier. Breitbart News chief executive Steve Bannon was invited by the student-led Citadel Republican Society.
“He told me the administration dropped the ball,” Johnson said. “He heard about it in the news.”
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