The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced that the curfew in the city will begin on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Wednesday), after Manhattan off stage in the last hours of looting, Specially in luxury shops.
Stores of the Nike, Michael Kors or Lego brands and other electronic devices in the heart of Manhattan were taken over by groups of young boys Monday, June 1 at night.
An important police device was present in these great avenues, normally invaded by tourists, but practically empty for weeks due to the pandemic of coronavirus.
One week after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who was suffocated for policeman that immobilized him in Minneapolis after having arrested, the protests spread from coast to coast in U.S and the demonstrations mostly peaceful have led to widespread riots.
On Monday, the president Donald Trump promised to restore order and threatened the states to deploy the military “to quickly fix the problem” if the violence.
On Monday night, pictures on local NY1 television showed youths who had looted a store of electronic devices from New York and were detained by the police. An AFP photographer saw how other stores in southern Manhattan they suffered the same fate.
On social media it was claimed that Macy’s department stores were also targeted by looters, but the policeman Until now, it did not confirm this information and limited itself to saying that “numerous businesses” were targeted and there were “hundreds” of people arrested.
The city’s mayor said the situation was “unacceptable” and announced the extension of the ceasefire.
“We support the peaceful protests in this city, but now is the time to go home. There are people out tonight not to protest but to destroy property and harm others. These people are being detained, their actions are unacceptable and therefore we will not allow them in the city, ”said De Blasio.
Several neighborhoods in New York They were looted over the weekend, especially in Soho, an affluent part of the city, which led to the mayor of the city and the governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo, to decree the curfew.
Just after 23:00 (03:00 GMT), when it went into effect on Monday, a hundred people calmly gathered in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and knelt in remembrance of the affected by violence registered in recent days, a journalist confirmed.
The police observed them from a distance without intervening.
De Blasio, a Democrat, denounced the “bellicose” tone and “polarizing rhetoric” of Trump, who wants to be reelected in November.
“It is not his statements in the last hours that caused all this, but what he has done in these years,” said the mayor.