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31 May 2020 | 09:46 PM UTC

US: Demonstrations continue in Atlanta (Georgia state) May 31

United States of America News Alert

Curfew extended and National Guard deployed to Atlanta (Georgia state) as city braces for new protests on May 31

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

Event

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday, May 31, extended the city's overnight curfew from 21:00 to 06:30 (local time) through Monday, June 1, as the city prepares for further protests over the police-related death of George Floyd. Some 1500 National Guard soldiers have been deployed to the city to enforce the curfew.

Heavy clashes were reported in Atlanta (Georgia state) between police and demonstrators overnight on May 30-31, and over 150 people were reportedly arrested by police.

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 Atlanta 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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