Volunteers help clean up Capitol building after peaceful protest turns violent

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 NEWS) – Saturday’s peaceful protests in Salt Lake City evolved into violence, looting, and vandalism with injuries and arrests.

It was a busy day for the second day in a row at the Capitol Building but this time, the crowd worked on cleaning up graffiti on the walls at the Capitol building as a result of Saturday’s protest.

Granite columns and pedestals, originally from 1914 were vandalized along with stones on the Capitol as well. Professional cleaners could be seen working on the restoration of the area.

Allyson Gamble with the capitol preservation board said, “utahns are wonderful. When something bad happens, we fix it. And the vendors that you see, the people that you see, are here volunteering. So many people came up to us and said — we couldn’t sleep last night, this is our Capitol, we love our capitol.”

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There were many others who wanted to help with the cleanup that were not able to do so. A Facebook group called “Project SLC CLEAN-UP This City Matters” has about 6 thousand members who are not converging downtown because of the curfew.

On Facebook, event organizers are asking those who want to help “do an act of kindness to a neighbor or offer service for your community. This according to organizers is at the Mayors recommendation that “they don’t want thousands of people downtown.”

Govenor Herbert issued the following statement Sunday about the clean up in a tweet

Governor Herbert also expressed gratitude to those who were able to come and help with clean up efforts.

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