BG Freedom Walkers protest outside of Anna’s Greek Restaurant

This marks the second protest in a week for the BG Freedom Walkers
BG Freedom Walkers and others continue to protest Anna's Greek Restaurant after incidents relating to Breonna Taylor
Published: Jan. 28, 2023 at 10:24 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Just days after protesting outside of Anna’s Greek Restaurant, the BG Freedom Walkers decided to voice their frustrations once again.

The BG Freedom Walkers and other protestors gathered outside of Anna’s on Monday, but the restaurant was closed for the evening. They protested once more, but this time urging the people of Bowling Green to boycott the restaurant alongside them.

On Saturday, they wanted to show the city of Bowling Green that they have not forgotten what happened last week regarding the Republican Women’s Club of South Central Kentucky’s meeting with Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

Officials with the BG Freedom Walkers said the restaurant willingly allowed the meeting to take place despite several complaints from patrons.

”Our main purpose is to keep Breonna Taylor’s name alive, keep her legacy alive, and always fight for justice for her,” said Summer Shannon, President of the BG Freedom Walkers. “Also, to boycott Anna’s because we do believe there was ample opportunity for that event to be stopped and they did not take that opportunity.”

Anna’s Greek Restaurant released an official statement on Thursday, Jan. 26. It reads:

Anna's Greek Restaurant Statement
Anna's Greek Restaurant Statement(Anna Greek Restaurant)

Some protestors felt as if the apology from Anna’s was insincere, saying it only came because of the scrutiny they received over the past week.

“We want to make sure the community is aware of what kind of business Anna’s is,” said Shannon. “We also want to make sure they are aware of the type of events that happen in our town. We do not want to support people like Officer Mattingly. We should not be giving him a platform.”

Shannon said they will continue to boycott Anna’s. They not only want the Bowling Green community to join them, but to understand why they are doing so.