Atlanta curfew extended for next 5 days

Protesters dodge tear gas and police Tuesday after the 9 p.m. curfew  in downtown Atlanta as protests continued for a fifth day.

Protesters dodge tear gas and police Tuesday after the 9 p.m. curfew in downtown Atlanta as protests continued for a fifth day.

Atlanta officials have extended a citywide curfew for the fifth consecutive night.

The curfew goes into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday, officials said on Twitter. Curfews were also issued for Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. All curfews expire at sunrise.

Exceptions apply to those seeking medical help, working, first responders and the homeless, the city said in the tweet.

The restrictions are intended to curb destruction overnight as Atlanta, like many cities across the country, deals with civil unrest over recent incidents of police violence. Police have arrested at least 350 people since demonstrations began Friday, including 52 Tuesday.

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A curfew was not in place until Saturday night.

Demonstrators have gathered daily to protest the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while in Minneapolis police custody. The protests have begun peaceful but in several instances have turned chaotic, with protesters burning police cruisers and looting businesses.

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Police and Georgia National Guard members deployed in the city have used tactics such as tear gassing to attempt to disperse the crowds.

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