LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Walmarts are typically busy on Sundays; however, it’s calm and quiet throughout the day and late into the night Sunday.
The store on Bowman is just one of the four who closed these doors Sunday afternoon. Protesters took over the parking lots with a message and they said this is another way to fight racism at a different level.
“If we don’t get it, shut it down,” chants echoed the parking lot.
Another day of protests but a new approach, a group taking their message to Walmart’s throughout Little Rock.
“We’re doing something, they going have to come to the table and talk to us eventually. We can hurt them financially,” one protester who didn’t want to be identified said.
Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the group was at the Walmart on Bowman Road, then they moved to Cantrell, South Shackleford and Baseline Road locations. Those stores closed their doors for the day after they arrived.
“It only took one hundred of us to shut down Walmart, we can hurt them without destroying stuff,” a protester said.
Protesters were holding up signs and chanting.
“It is a success to bring a point home that we see you, we recognize you, we understand what you’ve been doing,” activist Leron McAdoo said.
A Walmart spokesperson sent a statement saying: “We’re monitoring this situation closely and will continue closing stores as a safety precaution for our customers and associates. We recognize the important role we play in the Little Rock community and plan to reopen stores at an appropriate time.”
The move left many without getting their Sunday Groceries; however, these protesters said if they hit the company’s wallets they may listen.
“Not only Walmart but all these companies that have benefited from their privilege through capitalism recognize their responsibility to giving up that privilege and making sure everyone has ample opportunity,” McAdoo said.
The protests this afternoon were peaceful however there was a heavy police presence through the afternoon and night.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Sunday afternoon protesters filled Walmart parking lots in Little Rock forcing many stores to shutdown and evacuate customers.
Three Walmarts and a Sam’s Club had to shut down. They are the stores located on Cantrell Road, Shackleford Road, and Bowman Road.
We’re told it started around 10 am at the Walmart on Bowman road. Protests started outside of that store and the store decided to close its doors.
They then moved to three other Walmart locations across the city.
More than 50 people were outside of the store holding signs and were chanting “defund the police, defund walmart” and “no justice, no peace.”
While our reporter crew was inside a store, they heard someone over the intercom ask everyone to evacuate the building and that they were closing.
In a statement, a Walmart spokesperson says “We’re monitoring this situation closely and will continue closing stores as a safety precaution for our customers and associates. We recognize the important role we play in the Little Rock community and plan to reopen stores at an appropriate time.”