Fires set, stores damaged as peaceful protests turn violent

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to protest the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, but the peaceful demonstrations later turned violent with cars set ablaze and other property damage. Both cities implemented citywide curfews, and Gov. Tom Wolf signed a disaster emergency declaration authorizing the state National Guard and Pennsylvania State Police to activate personnel.. A crowd estimated by police as numbering 3,000 people gathered at Philadelphia’s City Hall, then marched through Center City to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday. Crowds also gathered Saturday afternoon for a march in downtown Pittsburgh. In both cities, vehicles could be seen on fire and other property damage occurred.

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