by Paul Garilao, ABS-CBN News
FLORIDA — Cars burned, shop windows shattered, establishments looted.
Like many cities across the nation — Florida has seen its share of violent protests as people continue to take to the streets in indignation over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in police custody.
12 counties in the sunshine state-imposed emergency curfew orders Sunday in response to the growing civil unrest to protect its citizens.
Brick and mortar businesses including restaurants are required to close by 10 pm.
On Monday, Florida Governor Ron de Santis broke his silence to address the death of Floyd and the protests that broke out across Florida.
De Santis said Florida has zero-tolerance when it comes to violence, riots, and looting.
But he also took time to call Floyd’s murder appaling, saying the Minnesota officers involved should be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, Fil-Am business owner Darren Mendoza said that both his Filipino restaurants in Pembroke Pines and in Miami, Florida have just reopened a week ago.
The mandatory curfew is already impacting his business that has yet to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mendoza added that the violent protesters are a detriment to the U.S. economy’s recovery.
While there were violent confrontations between police officers and demonstrators in south Florida, several peaceful protests like this one in northern Florida were held.
“I am amazed with the turnout. This is just proof that we all care. Pensacola cares, Minneapolis,” said Dr. Jennifer Zimmerman
Officials in Florida counties have yet to give the exact date when the curfews will be lifted.