NYC Protests Take Peaceful Turn On Sixth Day Of Demonstrations


A series of measures aimed at curbing late-night violence in New York City during ongoing protests over the police-custody death of George Floyd seem to have worked on Tuesday.

The NYPD says there were starkly fewer reports of looting, violence and vandalism compared with Monday night.

In total more than 2,000 people have been arrested over the first six days of protests, including another 200 on Tuesday, reports NBC New York.

Thousands more people are expected to hold demonstrations on Wednesday.

Daytime protests have been largely peaceful since last Thursday, but nightfall has brought out a destructive element in demonstrators, which police believe to be a coordinated effort by extremist groups to stoke tension.

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the city and a partial traffic ban in Manhattan. Both measures were designed to separate opportunists and extremists from the rightful protesters.

De Blasio described the scene Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn a "very calm situation," in stark contrast to widespread chaos outside the arena over the weekend.

There were some tense moments when a line of NYPD officers stopped a large group of protesters on the Manhattan Bridge just before 9 p.m. The confrontation deescalated with no violence and the demonstrators turned back.

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