Mayor Muriel Bowser has imposed an overnight curfew in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 31, from 23:00 to 06:00 (local time) until Monday, June 1, as the city prepares for further protests over the police-related death of George Floyd. The National Guard has also been activated to assist the police with enforcing the curfew. Several large demonstrations have been reported throughout the city as of 22:00, including at Lafayette Square near the White House.
Clashes between police and demonstrators were reported overnight on May 30-31, with reports of vandalized and looted businesses. Seventeen people were reportedly arrested during Saturday's protests.
Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term, and clashes between police and protesters cannot be ruled out.
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.
Individuals in Washington, D.C. 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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