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31 May 2020 | 09:02 PM UTC

US: Demonstrations continue in Chicago (Illinois state) May 31

United States of America News Alert

Curfew extended, and National Guard deployed to Chicago (Illinois state) as city braces for new protests on May 31; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/3/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Chicago, Illinois

Event

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that a contingent of the National Guard has been deployed to Chicago (Illinois state) as the city prepares for further protests on Sunday, May 31, over the police-related death of George Floyd. The move is in addition to a citywide overnight curfew that remains in effect from 21:00 to 06:00 (local time) until further notice. Also, access to the downtown Central Business District and Loop is limited to residents and employees of area businesses.

Heavy clashes were reported between police and protesters on Saturday, May 30, and at least 240 people have been arrested in the last 24-hours.

Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term.

Context

George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US.

Advice

Individuals in the Chicago and across metropolitan areas in the US are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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