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Saturday Night March Planned To Protest Philadelphia’s New Curfews

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(Diop Olugbala, left, meets with supporters at 4th and South Streets, near where tomorrow night's protest march will end.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Diop Olugbala, left, meets with supporters at 4th and South Streets, near where tomorrow night’s protest march will end. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Critics of the Nutter administration’s new weekend curfew for underage teens (see related story) are planning to  protest the executive order tomorrow night.

Several community groups have been texting and tweeting, attempting to get the word out about the protest, Saturday at 8:30 PM, that begins with a rally at Broad and South Streets.

“We’re going to have various speakers from various organizations expressing their unity with the demands of the demonstration,” says independent mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala (at left in photo).  He calls the 9:00 PM curfew on Fridays and Saturdays for those under age 18 in center city, University City, and on South Street “illegal and racist.”

“We’ve seen in the past similar phenomena in the city, even when the Phillies won the World Series, where there were white youth that took South Street and Broad Street, turning over cars and tearing down street lamps.  But you didn’t find or hear the type of response that we now are seeing from Michael Nutter’s administration,” Olugbala says.

Some of the curfew’s critics are exploring a legal challenge.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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