Discover Burien releases statement re: Hate Crime at Olde Burien Block Party

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Following an incident where Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta was assaulted on Saturday, July 21, 2018 during the Olde Burien Block Party, Interim Executive Director Debra George issued the following statement:

“The Olde Burien Block Party is an annual event to unite the community and everyone is welcome to participate. Discover Burien does not condone violence at any of our events, and we will continue to advocate for all of our residents.

“Everything we do is in service to our community. We produce, organize and provide logistical support for numerous events throughout the year in support of our city. Our hope is to engage the community in an active and healthy way. We will continue to advocate for all of our neighbors and friends in an effort to support Burien’s vibrant community.”

Discover Burien is a small independent non-profit service organization dedicated to economic development and community engagement in Burien. Discover Burien regularly provides education and resources to local business owners.

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