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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is lifting the curfew put in place in the city amid the protests over George Floyd’s death in police custody. 

“New York City: We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city,” he tweeted Sunday morning. 

“Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other,” the mayor added. 

Protests in the city went well past 11 p.m. on Saturday, defying the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, but police allowed them to continue peacefully, The New York Times reports

New York, like other cities across the country, had put curfews in place in response to the protests that at times turned violent. 

Peaceful protests continued nationwide over the weekend, with the population of protests reaching record levels Saturday as tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the country. 

President Trump had threatened to send troops to cities and states that did not “dominate” their streets with National Guard members. 

Trump said Sunday he ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from Washington, D.C., where they had been deployed, following several nights without arrests due to demonstrations. 

“I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control. They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed,” Trump tweeted. “Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!”

Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) had requested Friday that Trump withdraw federal law enforcement and military presence.

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