WATCH: Black Lives Matter protesters shut down two Walmart locations in Arkansas

WATCH: Black Lives Matter protesters shut down two Walmart locations in Arkansas
File photo of a Walmart store. Protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement blocked the entrances and exits of two Arkansas Walmart locations Sunday, June 5, 2020, forcing the stores to close. (Pixabay.com)

SHERWOOD, Ark. — Protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement blocked the entrances and exits of two Arkansas Walmart locations Sunday afternoon, forcing the stores to close.

Dozens of demonstrators, chanting “Black lives matter,” “Defund the police” and “Defund Walmart,” marched in front of Walmart locations in Jacksonville and Sherwood, KARK reported.

#NEW: Protesters close local #Walmarts in Central Arkansas. Our Alexis Wainwright is there now. This is the second location that has closed its doors today. #ARnews

Posted by KARK 4 News on Sunday, July 5, 2020
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A few protesters at each site carried signs that read, “Walmart is destroying public education,” among other messages.

The retail giant is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, but it was not immediately clear if proximity to the corporate headquarters had any bearing on Sunday’s protests.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, an employee at the Jacksonville location said the store was shut down due to the protests around 1:30 p.m., and the protesters moved about 10 minutes later to the Sherwood Supercenter. That store was then closed shortly before 3 p.m., after the remaining shoppers left, and protesters remained outside until about 3:15 p.m., when they headed south.

The rolling protest then set up camp outside a Walmart Neighborhood Market, less than half a mile south of the supercenter, around 3:25 p.m., the Democrat-Gazette reported.

According to KARK, a handful of counter-protesters has arrived at the latest scene.