The city of New York will turn to be placed under curfew as of Monday, due to the riots caused by the death of George Floyd in the hands of the police, announced mayor Bill de Blasio and governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I’ve talked to the governor [of New York] Andrew Cuomo, and, for the safety of all, we have decided to put in place a curfew for the city of New York, this evening: it will enter into force at 23h and will be lifted at 5 in the morning,” it said in a tweet that the mayor of the capital of the american economy, following the footsteps of forty other cities that have already taken this measure.
The mayor and the governor, both democrats, have also announced that they would double the police presence” in the face of protests shaking the first american city since Thursday evening.
The confrontations between protesters and police intensified, with burnt-out cars and, this weekend, looting of shops, particularly on the great thoroughfare of Broadway, in Manhattan.
“The protests were generally calm. We can’t let violence undermine the message of this moment”, said Mr. de Blasio, as quoted in a press release.
He also promised that the police would be “held accountable” in the case of new police brutality, and that the police chief would speak more later in the day.
Governor Cuomo has pointed out that “there are people who take advantage of this time for personal profit”.
“The violence and looting that have taken place are bad for the city, the State, and all of this movement, undermining and diverting a just cause”, he insisted.
This announcement comes at a time when started to keep track of new events, with already about 1000 people gathered in Times Square on Monday in the middle of the afternoon, waiting for other gatherings planned in the end of the day in the districts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Some protesters, however, have reported immediately their intention not to comply with the curfew.
“People don’t have to respect”, told the AFP Shina Moore, a young black woman of 23 years old, employed in a Starbucks coffee shop.
“Cuomo is our governor, he does good work, but this is not his fight […] These protests will last as long as it takes – a day, a week, a month, a year,” she said.