Curfew imposed in US city after unrest
Washington, Aug 16 (IANS) A night curfew was imposed for teenagers in the US city of Milwaukee following two nights of violence over the fatal police shooting of a black man.
The mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, imposed the 10 p.m. curfew in the city, located in the state of Wisconsin, starting on Monday night in a bid to deter further escalation between protesters and police, Xinhua news agency reported.
Gunshots were fired, businesses were set ablaze, people were detained and police vehicles damaged after a confrontation between police and protesters turned violent on Saturday night and again on Sunday night.
“This is not the place where you go to gawk; it is not the place where you go to take pictures; it is not the place to drive your car around,” Mayor Barrett told a news conference on Monday.
The curfew will last one week.
Meanwhile, City Sheriff David Clarke ordered the closure of a park near the protest site from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and the schedule will continue until further notice.
But protests were expected to continue in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, where police shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville K.Smith on Saturday afternoon.
The death in the police related shooting provoked residents, as the incident was preceded by a series of deadly police killings involving mainly African American suspects.
Milwaukee has experienced two nights of unrest, when protesters fired gunshots and threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at police and bystanders. Eight officers were injured by rocks and bricks thrown by protesters.
The police arrested 17 protesters Saturday night and 14 others on Sunday night.
Curfew, shutdown continues in Kashmir
Srinagar, Aug 16 (IANS) Curfew and separatist shutdown continued in Kashmir on Tuesday for the 39th consecutive day as the toll in the ongoing unrest rose to 60.
A 20-year-old youth identified as Yaseer Ahmed of S.D.colony of Batmaloo locality in Srinagar was killed on Monday when a mob indulged in intense stone pelting.
Two other youths sustained bullet injuries.
Another youth identified as Ashfaq Ahmed who was injured in a stone pelting clash in the Tangmarg area of Baramulla district two weeks back, succumbed to his injuries on Monday evening taking the toll to 60. Over 4,000 people including security personnel and civilians have been injured in the unrest.
Police said curfew and restrictions will continue in all the 10 district headquarters of the Valley.
Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown to August 18.
All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have remained shut since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.
However, banks, post offices, and government offices have been functioning during this period.