ANTI RACISM protests triggered by the death of African American man George Freud by US police continued to ferment. The largest city, New York, imposed a curfew on January 1, while Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta and other places continued to have curfews.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bai Sihao issued a joint statement on the same day, announcing a curfew from 11 p.m. on the 1st to 5 a.m. the next day, and the number of Street police will increase from 4000 to 8000. In the statement, Como accused people of “trying to divide and discredit the protests” and not allowing them to undermine public security. Bai Sihao expressed support for peaceful demonstrations, but the violence must be stopped.
Bai Sihao later announced to extend the curfew to the night of the 2nd with the help of social media “Twitter”, and the start time of the curfew was advanced from 11:00 to 8:00. The reason was that there were many incidents of violence and destruction of public property in Manhattan, and “our first task is to ensure people’s safety”.
The curfew in Philadelphia began at 6:00 p.m. on the 1st and lasted until 6:00 a.m. on the 2nd, which was the third day of the curfew. Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on a major highway in the center of Philadelphia that day, resulting in the closure of the bridge connecting the center of Philadelphia to the outskirts of New Jersey. Hundreds of protesters tried to block Benjamin Franklin Park Avenue, and more than 20 people were arrested.
Following the curfew imposed in Seattle on May 30 and 31, mayor Jenny Dekan announced that the curfew would be extended from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day. Most of the thousands of protesters were peaceful, but some were involved in “violence, looting and riots,” Deccan said. Governor Jay Insley has sent 400 national guards to help Seattle control the demonstrations.
San Francisco 1 curfew from 8 p.m., has been two consecutive days. “It’s almost unprecedented, but at this point, we have to act to maintain order,” police chief Bill Scott said
Scott said that some people come to San Francisco for the sole purpose of sabotage and robbery, and they “come here with crowbars, screwdrivers, etc., which are specially designed to enter stores and plunder property.”
The day before yesterday, about 5000 people in San Francisco held up placards and chanted “George Freud” and “life is life for black people.”. Most of the protesters dispersed before the curfew began, but a few gathered in the downtown area refused to break up, throwing bottles at police and lighting up rubbish.
London bride, the first African American mayor of San Francisco, said she can feel the pain of losing a loved one because one of her close relatives was shot dead by San Francisco police in 2006.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the victims of Freud’s relatives and friends and a large number of citizens held a memorial ceremony at the site of his death on the 1st. Terence Freud, Freud’s brother, called for peaceful demonstrations at the scene. He said, “I understand your mood,” but riots and sabotage “can’t make my brother live.”.