Community reacts to violent protests in Providence

The violent protests in downtown Providence Monday night are sparking outrage from community members who have been peacefully protesting.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –  The violent protests in downtown Providence Monday night are sparking outrage from community members who have been peacefully protesting.

Some tell ABC 6 they feel the original message is getting lost.

Downtown Providence woke up to carnage from Monday night’s protest turned riot outside the providence place mall.

“The black lives movement wasn’t intended for last night’s, what they call a protest,” said Abigail Chingo, who was helping with cleanup Tuesday morning.

People like Chingo are calling for peace after Monday night’s violence. She and her friends were downtown Tuesday morning to hand out water and help businesses clean up the damage.

“We’re here to help our city and let our city know that we’re with them,” said Jayliana Guzman of Providence

Many downtown Tuesday morning said they’d been peacefully protesting over the last week and say instances like last night’s violence muddle the original message.

“The violence is what’s destroying the focus,” said Robert Lewis of Providence. “Everybody’s focused on the wrong thing!”

“Lewis tells ABC 6 he’s concerned this will only reflect poorly on the black community.

“This ain’t the black community! The black community is individuals that ain’t going to vandalize and destroy hardworking people’s property,” said Lewis. “I don’t believe in violence! At all! I believe in peace! And everybody wants peace. I just want peace!”

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 6 News for updates.

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