“Protesters take a knee at Trump Hotel and Trump Tower ahead of NYC curfew”
June 2, 2020 | 8:39pm
Thousands of people took a knee or sat across from the luxury hotel near Columbus Circle around 7:15 p.m. as they protested the death of George Floyd and other black people killed by the police.
They beckoned at a line of officers standing guard in front of the skyscraper, with one man belting into a bullhorn: “Look at the men in the white shirts. They are the ones holding the power.”
Some protesters were spotted climbing atop of an NYPD squad car parked amid the crowd, while others were seated above a kiosk near Central Park.
The group expressed no intention of scattering ahead of curfew, with chants of “Eight, we aren’t going anywhere” and “wait till eight,” ringing out.
“We are not moving after eight because if we move we will get separated,” one woman said into the loudspeaker. “We are staying right here.”
At about five minutes to 8 p.m., the crowd began to march up Broadway toward Lincoln Center, shouting “f–k ya’ll curfew” and “NYPD suck my d–k.”
Less than a mile away, another throng of protesters was gathered at Trump Tower, and fireworks were seen being set off from the crowd, amid chants. The group there had also knelt in protest earlier in the evening.
Earlier on Tuesday, thousands of people had marched in Lower Manhattan and in the Upper East Side.
All for-hire vehicles, including Lyfts and Ubers, will be suspended during the curfew and Yellow or Green Taxis will only be allowed to transport essential workers.
CitiBike and Revel scooters will also be shutdown on Tuesday night.
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