Officials in Washington, D.C. have adjusted the times of the curfew in place amid recent protests on Wednesday, June 4. Wednesday night's curfew will be in place between 23:00 and 06:00 (local time), instead of from 19:00 as it has been on previous nights. On Tuesday, June 2, 19 people were arrested in the fifth consecutive night of protesting in the capital, compared to 288 on Monday night, June 1. Around 5,000 people have reportedly already gathered to protest on Wednesday afternoon.
Further protests 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 Washington, D.C. 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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