First lady Melania Trumpon Tuesday urged protesters to obey their cities imposed curfews, as tens of thousands of people defied the order and continued to demonstrate nationwide for an eighth straight night.
“As the night approaches I urge all citizens to obey the curfews, clear the streets, & stay inside to spend time w loved ones. All cities, communities & citizens deserve to be kept safe & that can only be done if we work together towards healing & peace,” Melania tweeted Tuesday evening.
Local officials in several cities across the nation have imposed a curfew in an attempt to curb the vandalism and destruction unfolding every night for several nights in a row.
A day ago, Melania condemned the riots that have escalated from the protests that broke out over the weekend in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody last week across the nation, urging protestors to “protest in peace.”
“Saddened to see our country & communities being damaged & vandalized. I ask everyone to protest in peace & focus on taking care of one another & healing our great nation,” the First Lady tweeted Monday.
She gave her first public comments on the demonstrations on Friday, tweeting her condolences to Floyd’s family and called for “peaceful protests,” saying “there is no reason for violence.”
“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now,” Melania tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing.”
Since the widespread protests that began nine dats ago, at least 9,839 people have been arrested nationwide. Multiple services will be held in coming days to honor George Floyd’s life. Memorial and funeral services will be held in three states: Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas. On Thursday, a memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Central University in Minneapolis.