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Another night of protests in downtown Tucson as police close roads to traffic

Regina Romero calls for peaceful protests Saturday after a tense night in downtown Tucson.
Posted at 7:29 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 03:00:26-04

11:50 p.m.

Tucson Fire crews put out a dumpster fire near Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street. Several protesters are attempting to return to the

10:45 p.m.

Protesters have left the University of Arizona campus and are heading toward the downtown area. Police are forming a perimeter in the area, not allowing protesters to get through the Fourth Avenue tunnel.

9:01 p.m.

Protesters are now moving toward the University of Arizona campus, marching toward Old Main.

8:24 p.m.

Protesters are now heading north on Fourth Avenue, away from the downtown area. So far, there has been no visible violence among protesters, but some graffiti.

8:09 p.m.

Protesters have converged at TPD headquarters at 14th and Stone near downtown Tucson. Protesters are now heading north.

7:49 p.m.

Protesters are marching down Congress Street, heading west toward TPD headquarters and I-10.

7:37 p.m.

Police have shut down a number of exits on I-10 around downtown Tucson in anticipation of protests Saturday night. A TPD spokesperson says Broadway and Congress Street will be closed in the downtown area. Eastbound exits of I-10 in the downtown area are closed as well, from Congress Street to Euclid.

Portions of Stone Avenue are closed south of Broadway, police said. Various side streets will be closed in the downtown area as well.

This is on Congress and I-10@kgun9 pic.twitter.com/GGvbzFahJA

— Luzdelia Caballero (@luzdelia_c) May 31, 2020

7:19 p.m.

7:09 p.m.

Tucson city leaders are calling for protesters to remain peaceful, as more rallies, marches and gatherings are planned throughout the city.

Protesters are marching for George Floyd -- a black man in Minneapolis who died after a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The incident sparked protests, riots and looting across that city which spread to nationwide protests, including Friday night in Tucson.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and TPD Chief Chris Magnus held a news conference Saturday afternoon calling for peaceful protests, and allowing the city's black leaders to speak about the unrest nationwide.

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