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Anti-Crime Rally Set for Twelfth Night

Public concern over crime in New Orleans has exploded over the past year. Citizens first created signs and stickers to voice their opinions. On the Twelfth Night (1.06), one group is planning to voice their fear at a rally in Jackson Square from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.


One organizer using the nom de guerre, Helena Handbasket explains, “Residents of the quarter are going to stand together to let the criminals know we're not going to take it and the Mayor know we want action to fix the problems.”


The event’s Facebook page stresses the need for order. “We don't want to become a vigilante city. We want the city leadership and NOPD to step up and take back control of our streets before we lose tourists and before any more residents are mugged, injured or killed.”


Helena Handbasket says that concrete changes such as increased enforcement would help the problem. “Less crime, more police, safer streets.... not to scare away the tourists so many depend on for their living!”


Organizers say that NOLA is no longer safe during daylight marking a new low. They are concerned about the safety of loved ones while performing their daily routines. “My in-laws still live in the quarter and they're scared to even make groceries!”


Immediately following the event, the city will be celebrating the Battle of New Orleans at the same location. The Krewe of Joan d’Arc will also pass through the area. Protest organizers urge attendees to respect and make way for these events.

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