Activists in the greater New York City area on Saturday, May 30, plan to hold rallies in multiple boroughs across the city over the death of George Floyd in the fifth consecutive day of local and nationwide unrest. At 13:00 (local time), activists plan to gather at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem. At the same time at 200 Bay Street on Staten Island, a similar rally will be held. At 15:00, a rally is scheduled to be held at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens, at 74th Street and Roosevelt. Also at 15:00, rallies are scheduled to be held at East 149th Street and 3rd Avenue in the Bronx and at Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn.
Previously, on Friday, May 29, clashes between police and protesters erupted in multiple cities across the US. Demonstrations were held in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco (California), Denver (Colorado), Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Des Moines (Iowa), Indianapolis, Fort Wayne (Indiana), Louisville (Kentucky), New Orleans (Louisiana), New York (New York), Boston (Massachusetts), Detroit (Michigan), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Las Vegas (Nevada), Charlotte (North Carolina), Columbus, Cincinnati (Ohio), Portland (Oregon), Dallas, Houston (Texas), Richmond (Virginia), and Washington DC, among other smaller locations.
Whilst many demonstrations remained peaceful, violent unrest broke out in a number of cities, with reports of vandalism, looting, and clashes between police and protesters. In Minnesota, where protests began and have been the most volatile, officials imposed a 20:00 to 06:00 (local time) curfew in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Friday and Saturday night following renewed unrest, which saw numerous vehicles set alight and shops looted around the Third and Fifth Precincts. A state of emergency was also declared in Georgia's Fulton County, which includes Atlanta after a number of buildings were vandalized and police vehicles burned in the city.
Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term.
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 the New York City area 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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