New York | midtown Manhattan has been the theatre of scenes of looting on Monday evening, prompting the mayor of New York, to announce a curfew, longer, as early as Tuesday. Stores brands, such as Nike or Michael Kors on 5th Avenue, or electronics …
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New York | midtown Manhattan has been the theatre of scenes of looting on Monday evening, prompting the mayor of New York, to announce a curfew, longer, as early as Tuesday.
Stores brands, such as Nike or Michael Kors on 5th Avenue, or electronics stores or from Lego other major streets in Midtown were looted in the early evening, before the entry into force of a curfew unpublished from 23: 00 local (03H00 GMT), have noted journalists of the AFP.
Groups of young people, often a dozen, rode from one street to the other, while whole streets of this suburb, in normal times, very touristy but deserted with the pandemic, were blocked by the police.
Images of local television NY1 have shown to be particularly of young people leaving in power a electronics store chain Best Buy before being apprehended by the police.
Stores in lower Manhattan suffered the same fate, according to a photographer from AFP.
Some on social networks have argued that the famous department store macy’s was also targeted by the looters, but the police did not immediately confirm this information, simply indicating that many businesses had been targeted and those arrested by the hundreds.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has deemed the situation as ” not acceptable “. It was announced that the curfew would begin from 20h Tuesday, instead of 23h on Monday.
“The city is completely under control, and for the most part calm and peaceful “, he assured, however, on channel NY1.
The imposition of a curfew had been announced a few hours earlier by the mayor and governor Andrew Cuomo, after protests and looting over the weekend, especially in the trendy SoHo neighborhood.
The capital of the american economy followed this past the not the forty other cities, which have imposed a curfew in the face of the riots that engulfed the country after the death of a man unarmed, George Floyd, on Monday in the Minnesota, the new symbol of police brutality towards the black minority.
Just after 23 hours, a hundred people were in the calm before the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the scene of large protests in the last few days. They have put the knee in tribute to the victims of these brutalities, according to an AFP journalist.
The police officers observed at a distance, without question in spite of this formal breach of the curfew.
While New York city was faced with looting, the president, Donald Trump announced from Washington that the deployment of “thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and police officers to Washington to put an end to riots and looting.
Mayor De Blasio, a democrat, has denounced “the terms bellicose” and the “rhetoric polarizing” of the republican president, who plays his re-election in November.
“It’s not his statements the last few hours that caused all of this, this is what he has done in recent years that have contributed to it “, he said.