Local authorities announced an end to the daily overnight curfew as of Wednesday, June 3, which was introduced due to unrest over the police-related death of George Floyd. The curfew was originally in place between 21:00 and 05:00 (local time) until Saturday, June 6. Protesters gathered for a rally at Cal Anderson Park on Wednesday before marching on City Hall via 4th Avenue and James Street. Protesters then marched back towards Cal Anderson Park. Police closed Interstate 5 through the downtown area. A group of protesters is present in the vicinity of the East Precinct Police Department headquarters, where the police have erected a barricade.
Further demonstrations and unrest are likely in the area in the near term, and clashes between security forces 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 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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