Protest calls for Vasser’s boycott

Published 5:11 pm Friday, August 11, 2023

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Vasser’s Mini-Mart and Winn-Dixie closed early Thursday after a noon protest at Vasser’s by several protestors, including activist Faya Toure.

The protest was in response to Chase Shipman’s, the owner of Vasser’s alleged involvement in a Montgomery Riverfront brawl last weekend.

Toure led a small group to protest shopping and eating at Vasser’s on behalf of an African-American man, who was one of two victims identified as part of the brawl.

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Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford said he was in the area on West Dallas Avenue, where Vasser’s and Winn-Dixie are located. Fulford said around 20 people protested and the group did not cause trouble.

Vasser’s closed its doors before 1 p.m. An hour later, Winn-Dixie, where some protestors had parked, closed for the day.

When Toure walked to Vasser’s at 3 p.m., the time she scheduled for her second protest, Vasser’s was closed and she eventually left. SPD and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officers were on the scene.