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900 Arizona National Guard troops on protest duty

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 20:26:07-04

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona National Guard has called up about 900 soldiers to help the state deal with protests after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a week-long statewide curfew on Sunday.

Guard spokesman Maj. Aaron Thacker said Tuesday that the troops include military police that can assist in crowd control.

Some of the military police have been sent to the state Capitol in Phoenix after protests over the weekend.

Temporary fencing has been put up around the Capitol complex.

Other soldiers are available for deployment to other areas of metro Phoenix and could be sent to towns and cities anywhere in the state if needed.