Local authorities have extended the overnight curfew in Atlanta for a fourth consecutive night on Tuesday, June 2. The curfew will come into effect at 21:00 (local time) and end at sunrise on Wednesday, June 3. The measure aims to keep the public away from the streets at night and avoid additional damage to property during protests. The curfew order does not apply to those who must travel for work purposes.
Further protests and associated unrest are possible in the coming days.
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 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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