VIDEO: Protests grow across NYC, with thousands marching in Manhattan

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June 06, 2020 - 8:53 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of New York City again on Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality amid lingering tension between protesters and the NYPD over the city's 8 p.m. curfew.

While the widespread protests were peaceful during the day Saturday, hundreds of NYPD officers were out in force by nightfall as the city's 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. Police forced protesters off the FDR Drive near 14th Street, reportedly warning them they could face arrests over curfew violations.

Over in Brooklyn Saturday night, protesters kneeled outside the Barclays Center.

 

The protests throughout the day ranged in size from small gatherings to large marches that filled entire streets for blocks. Protesters sang and chanted as they called for police reform and justice for Floyd.

The demonstrations lasted through the day into the evening. At times it was hard to tell where one protest ended and another began as large groups of people merged and broke off at different points across the city.

One of the protests—the "March for Stolen Lives and Looted Dreams"—had a route of five miles and ended at a packed Washington Square Park, where people gave speeches and held up signs.

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“This is a declaration of war on black people in America,” one woman could be heard saying from a loudspeaker.

Claude, who was at Washington Square Park with his children, told 1010 WINS the turnout was "amazing."

"It's a lovely site to see everybody hold hands and think the same thoughts, and I feel that everybody can learn from this," he said.

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At protests in Manhattan, volunteers handed out snacks, first aid kits and plenty of water bottles on a muggy afternoon. One person carried a sign listing nearby open buildings for those seeking to escape the heat — which some soon did when a rain storm arrived. Others marched on through the downpour.

Among the largest protests was at the Brooklyn Bridge, where marchers packed onto the pedestrian walkway and crossed the one-mile span.

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Another march along Canal Street ended with some people crossing the Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway.

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Protesters gathered near Frederick Douglass Circle to the northwest of Central Park Saturday morning before marching down Central Park West in the "March for Stolen Lives and Looted Dreams." They marched to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, where thousands of people had gathered.

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Protesters were also marching down Broadway in lower Manhattan. At one point the crowd erupted in cheers as MTA bus drivers appeared to honk in solidarity.

Hundreds more gathered at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

Another protest was held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

And protesters marched down Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, with hundreds seen near the Barclays Center. Some of them headed to the Brooklyn Bridge afterwards to go to Foley Square in Manhattan.

Doctors, nurses and other health care workers held a “White Coats for Black Lives” protest, marching down Fifth Avenue and taking a knee at 59th Street. They were also making their voices heard in the East Meadow of Central Park. They said inequities extend into the health care system.

With demonstrations and marches planned into the evening on Saturday in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, local politicians and civil liberties advocates have been calling for an end to the 8 p.m. curfew. They've complained that it causes needless friction when officers try to enforce it. But Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted the curfew will remain in place throughout the weekend.

On Friday night, demonstrators again remained on city streets hours after the curfew. With police generally allowing some leeway, crowds mostly dwindled on their own at various locations.

But there were some minor flare-ups: About an hour after a Brooklyn protest ended, images on social media showed officers surrounding a group of protesters and chasing down some with batons. Officers on Manhattan's East Side also used force to break up remnants of a march that started near the mayor's official residence.

There were about 40 arrests citywide Friday, far fewer than previous nights, and no obvious signs of the smash-and-grab stealing that marred protests earlier in the week.

Protests were also held in New Jersey on Saturday, including in Hackensack, West Orange and Englewood.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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