Eviction moratorium ending June 1, protestors call for extension


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order halting evictions coming to an end on June 1, protestors in Lexington on Saturday again called for an extended rent freeze, but this time, they’ve added to their message.

One of the organizers, John Winstead, says the group is standing in solidarity with protestors of police brutality across the country, citing Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

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Protestors decorated their cars with slogans like ‘cancel rent’ and ‘black lives matter.’

Winstead says the consequence of not extending the freeze will be mass homelessness.

“People haven’t quite got back to work yet,” Winstead says. “It’s going to be a while before that first paycheck comes. We have historically high unemployment. It’s the right thing to do.”

In a daily briefing Friday, Beshear said renters have to understand that landlords have to get back to work as well.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.