Hotel Harrington, Harry’s bar to close during planned January demonstrations
WASHINGTON - Hotel Harrington and Harry’s bar – magnets for right-wing protesters who’ve flocked to D.C. for pro-Trump presidents in recent months – will be closed during the next planned demonstration.
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The hotel posted a statement on its Facebook page on Monday indicating that it will close Jan. 4, 5 and 6.
"I’m with them if they don’t," one person FOX 5 spoke with said. "I mean that’s not the type of people or atmosphere they want in their establishments because they have to be here after the inauguration and afterwards anyway so it just speaks to they type of people that they want there."
Last week, the Washington Post reported that activists were planning protests that weekend – when Congress is slated to certify the results of the election.
"What is it with people, fighting each other?" said one person to FOX 5. "They won’t agree with this or this one won’t agree with that. There is this one, and this one doesn’t like that. So what? Get over it!"
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Protesters have poured into D.C. twice since the election to protest the results, which indicated that former Vice President Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump.
"A lot of these rallies get pretty hectic," one person told FOX 5. "I’ve been seeing on the news people are being stabbed. I’ve seen a lot of fighting going on. If they don’t want that in their hotel you gotta respect that."
Harry’s has been the scene of multiple incidents – including an investigation by police responding to complaints of COVID-19 restriction violations, and violent confrontations between protesters, including stabbings, outside the bar's walls.
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The hotel says those who have made pre-paid reservations will receive refunds.
The hotel will still accommodate long-term guests.