“Soho ‘looting street party’ video goes viral as de Blasio downplays NYC chaos”
June 3, 2020 | 8:11am | Updated June 3, 2020 | 8:21am
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio says there “is a very different reality” tonight on the streets of NYC compared to last night because of the earlier 8p curfew and because they have implemented transportation and traffic restrictions. https://t.co/1jqD780FmX pic.twitter.com/wFK2m2XCkh
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Footage posted to Twitter shows hundreds of revelers packed along an unidentified Soho street, some dancing on cars and others recording the wild scene on their phones.
It’s unclear when the video — captioned “Full-on looting street party in SoHo” — was taken, but it was posted at 10:21 p.m., after de Blasio called in to CNN.
“I just want to correct one thing, if I may, that we had a really troubling situation last night in Midtown, Manhattan and in one area in the Bronx,” he said, referring to the series of looting and destruction that ravaged the city Monday night.
“But we had no unrest, no looting in Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, and most of the Bronx and most of Manhattan, I really want to set that straight.”
Looters trashed parts of Manhattan and the Bronx Monday night ahead of an 11 p.m. citywide curfew. An 8 p.m. curfew and traffic restrictions were implemented Tuesday night, resulting in dozens of protesters arrested near the Battery Tunnel.
Looters struck parts of Manhattan for a third night in a row Tuesday, though the damage appeared to be less than previous nights.
De Blasio said the protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd have been largely “peaceful.”
“There’s a small anarchist group that’s been violent and there’s a small criminal element that’s been violent, but you’re talking about an infinitesimal percentage compared to the overwhelming majority of protesters who have been peaceful,” he said on CNN.
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