New York. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has demonstrated behind his daughter, who was arrested during mass protests after the death of the African American George Floyd. “I love my daughter very much, I adore her. She is such a good person, she only wants to do good in the world, she wants to see a better and more peaceful world, ”said the mayor on Monday. “She thinks we need a lot of changes. I am proud of her that this is so important to her that she was ready to go out and do something about it. “
The trigger for the protests, which are directed against police violence, brutality and injustice against black people, was the death of 46-year-old Floyd during a police operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota a week ago. The 25-year-old Chiara de Blasio, daughter of the white de Blasio and his African-American wife Chirlane McCray, was temporarily arrested during a protest in New York on Sunday night for an illegal gathering.
De Blasio said that his daughter had told him she thought she had behaved according to the police’s instructions. “She made it very clear that she protested peacefully and did nothing to provoke a negative reaction.”
George Floyd protests: curfew in New York
After several other cities in the USA, New York City has also imposed a night curfew in view of the unrest of the past few days. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that this will apply from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
In New York there had been mass protests for the fourth night in a row. Up to 6,000 people took part in the protests, especially in the districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, as local media reported, citing authorities. Most of the protests were peaceful. Some demonstrators, however, threw glass bottles and rubbish at police officers, smashed windows, looted shops, set fire to cars and set fires in rubbish bins. The Manhattan Bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan has been temporarily closed.
Minneapolis: Truck drives into crowd
A truck driver drove into a large group of demonstrators in the city that has not quieted for a week. © Reuters
“Last night wasn’t good,” said Governor Cuomo. “That was just negative. It didn’t advance a positive reform agenda, it was bad for the city and bad for the fight against Covid-19. “
In the metropolis of New York, which has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the first restrictions are to be relaxed on June 8, after the number of new infections had recently continued to decline. That should not be endangered by mass gatherings, said Cuomo. “Protest – but do it wisely.”
He condemned the violence of the demonstrators, but also said that some actions by police officers had further fueled the anger of the demonstrators. That will now be investigated by the public prosecutor.