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05 Jun 2020 | 08:49 PM UTC

US: Over 100 protests expected in New Jersey state on June 6-7

United States of America News Alert

Authorities prepare as more than 100 demonstrations are expected in New Jersey state on June 6-7; further demonstrations possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/5/2020, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION New Jersey

Event

State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan said on Friday, June 5, that authorities are expecting over 100 protests across New Jersey state on the weekend of Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Around 30 demonstrations are being actively monitored by local authorities on Friday and most protests have remained peaceful. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has been urging demonstrators to take precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, and getting tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) if they have been exposed.

Further protests and associated unrest are likely in New Jersey state 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, most of which have reportedly passed off peacefully. 

Advice

Individuals in New Jersey state 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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