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31 mai 2020 | 22h19 UTC

US: Demonstrations continue in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania state) May 31

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

Curfew extended in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania state) as city braces for further unrest on May 31; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 31/5/2020, 12h00 until 3/6/2020, 11h59 (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Event

Mayor James Kenney extended Philadelphia's (Pennsylvania state) overnight curfew on Sunday, May 31, from 18:00 to 06:00 (local time) through Monday, June 1, as the city prepares for further unrest over the police-related death of George Floyd. Local media reports state that several police cars were set ablaze, and several stores ransacked in West Philadelphia as of afternoon hours, as protests continue in the city.

Heavy clashes were reported in Philadelphia between police and demonstrators overnight on 30-31 May, and police reportedly arrested over 207 people.

Further protests and unrest are likely in the area 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.

Advice

Individuals in the Philadelphia 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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