MAJOR cities across the United States of America re-established curfews for Tuesday night in an attempt to stop violence and looting of businesses in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody.
New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis, where Floyd died, are among the cities with curfews.
“We will not tolerate violence of any kind,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who set up a 20:00 curfew for the rest of the week. “We will not tolerate attacks on police officers. We will not tolerate hatred being created.”
The mayor urged New Yorkers to only protest during the daytime.
The widespread use of curfews comes after streets filled with peaceful protesters, destructive looters, and violence against and by police late Monday.
The violence Monday night unfolded despite the Floyd family’s plea for peaceful protests earlier in the day.
Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden in a speech on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump over the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters outside the White House in order to clear a park so that the president could visit a church.
Biden condemned Trump’s actions Monday night, which played out on live television as protesters who had been chanting with their hands in the air were suddenly scattered throughout Washington’s streets.
“When peaceful protestors are dispersed by the order of the president from the doorstep of the people’s house, the White House — using tear gas and flash grenades — in order to stage a photo opportunity at one of the most historic churches in the country or at least Washington, DC, we can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle,” Biden said.
In the meantime President Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell the growing civil unrest.
He said if cities and states failed to control the protests and to defend their residents he would deploy the army and quickly solve the problem for them.
Protests over the death of George Floyd have escalated over the past week.
Dozens of people have been injured as authorities used tear gas and force to disperse protests which have swept through more than 75 U.S. cities.