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Thousands gather for peaceful protest in US capital ahead of planned curfew

Thousands gather for peaceful protest in US capital ahead of planned curfew

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Jun 2020, 03:20 am

Washington/Sputnik/UNI: Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Washington DC less than two hours ahead of the planned curfew on Monday.

The protest in the US capital appears to be the largest George Floyd gathering in DC. The demonstrators have accumulated near the White House, in front of a fence that separates them from the police cordon, and are chanting "Don’t shoot."

Many of the demonstrators are holding signs saying "No Justice - No Peace" and "White Silence Is Violence." Some of the protesters threw water bottles and other objects at law enforcement officers who responded by using tear gas.

Earlier on Sunday, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter that she was imposing a curfew in the US capital starting from late Sunday until Monday morning amid George Floyd protests. The curfew will come into force starting 11:00 pm local time (03:00 GMT on Sunday).

Bowser has also activated the DC National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department.

Earlier, hundreds of people gathered in the center of Washington DC on Sunday, most of them concentrated in Lafayette square. The Lafayette square, adjacent to the Presidential residence, is closed for public.

Washington has been participating in nationwide protests against Floyd’s demise for the third consecutive day. On Friday and Saturday, there were sporadic clashes between protesters and law enforcement officers. Police arrested at least 17 people after the Saturday protests.  

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Erdogan's Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque again; UNESCO regrets #HagiaSophia, #Turkey, #Istanbul, #HagiaSophiaMosqueAgain Istanbul/IBNS: Hagia Sophia, Turkey's iconic monument, a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the central attractions of its capital Istanbul, is no longer a museum. It has been turned back as a mosque though some 1500 years ago it was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman time in 1453 while under Ataturk it was turned into a museum in 1935. The decision comes amid a growing rise of the Islamists in Turkey who had been demanding that it be restored as a mosque though Opposition leaders with secular credentials had been against the move. A top court in Turkey ruled that turning it into a museum in 1935 by modern Turkey's secular architect Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was illegal, paving the way for present Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to declare it as a mosque again and to open it for Muslim prayers. Erdogan made the announcement an hour after the court ruled the conversion to museum in 1935 as illegal and scrapped its status. "May it be beneficial," posted Erdogan on Twitter, sharing an official document on the change with his signature. UNESCO regrets In an immediate reaction, UNESCO said it "deeply regrets" the decision. UNESCO said it was "regrettable that the Turkish decision was not the subject of dialog nor notification beforehand". "UNESCO calls on the Turkish authorities to open a dialog without delay in order to avoid a step back from the universal value of this exceptional heritage whose preservation will be reviewed by the World Heritage Committee in its next session," the United Nation's cultural body said in a statement. Istanbul icon of beauty and wonderment According to Turkey's official tourism website, Hagia Sophia is a remarkable achievement in the history of architecture. and a living proof of mankind's revolt against the laws of physics and it calls it a monument whose importance transcends borders. It is one of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage sites attracting millions of visitors across the world with its majestic grandeur

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Erdogan's Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque again 11 Jul 2020, 01:37 pm