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Updates from George Floyd protest in Downtown Buffalo

Downtown Buffalo George Floyd Protest
Posted at 7:36 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 00:52:44-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Saturday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a 10:30pm curfew for all of Erie County in effect until 7am on Sunday. This is an attempt to break-up groups of potentially violent protests in the city. A state of emergency has also been declared in Erie County.

The declaration comes after reports of looting and vandalism in Niagara Square, Niagara Street and Grant Street.

After the curfew took effect, protesters remained in Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo.

During that time, a van ignited in flames in the square.

A 7 Eyewitness News photojournalist captured live video of a man throwing a burning object-- possibly a laundry basket-- into Buffalo City Hall through a window.

Shortly after, the Buffalo Fire Department arrived on scene to put out a small fire inside City Hall.

Firefighters also put out two fires at a nearby parking lot shortly after the fire at City Hall.

Crowds began to disperse from Niagara Square after 11:30 p.m. After midnight, protesters were still being cleared from the streets in Allentown.

The curfew remains in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The following tweets represent a timeline of the protests leading up to the curfew:

7 Eyewitness News reporter Madison Carter is at the George Floyd protest in Downtown Buffalo. She is tweeting the very latest.