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03 Jun 2020 | 08:58 AM UTC

US: Authorities extend overnight curfew for Seattle (Washington state) until June 6

United States of America News Alert

Local authorities announced an overnight curfew for Seattle (Washington state) to be extended until June 6 amid ongoing unrest; further demonstrations are possible in the coming days, avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/6/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Seattle, Washington

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Event

Local authorities announced a daily overnight curfew is in place in Seattle (Washington state) until Saturday, June 6, amid ongoing unrest over the police-related death of George Floyd. The curfew is in effect between 21:00 and 05:00 (local time) until June 6. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday near Westlake Park in downtown Seattle and continued demonstrating in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, holding umbrellas to reportedly shield themselves from police crowd control measures. Overland disruptions were reported as state police closed southbound lanes of Interstate 5 through downtown.

Further demonstrations and unrest are likely in the area in the near term, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

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 Seattle 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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