Houma Today reports that "about 20 people gathered outside a Houma Rouses supermarket Saturday in a peaceful protest over a co-owner's participation in the Trump rally Jan. 6 in Washington that led to a riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"The group held up signs on the sidewalk facing the Rouses store at 561 Grand Caillou Road in a demonstration that ran from 11 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m.
"Organizers said it was a response to co-owner Donald Rouse Sr. and former Rouses Human Resources Director Steve Galtier attending the Trump rally.
Protesters said they were raising awareness about who their dollars are supporting and urged residents to boycott Rouses."
While organizers said they understood that Rouse says he did not participate in the invasion of the Capitol, they questioned why he had posted his participation in the rally that preceded it on social media. Rouse has said that he was "shocked and saddened" by the violence, and that "violence and destruction do not represent our country’s values or the values of Rouses."
There is a potentially broader impact on the business. In Baton Rouge, The Advocate reports that Louisiana State University, which in 2019 signed a contract making Rouses the "official and exclusive supermarket of LSU Athletics," is exploring whether it can and should sever the relationship in the wake of ther controversy.