Protests

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A clash between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter demonstrations over the weekend in Smithtown, Long Island, ended with at least two arrests. Demonstrations like these have been documented across the U.S. in the past year. This altercation was captured by an introductory photojournalism class at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

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Violent protests by extremist supporters of President Donald Trump at the state capitols in Connecticut and New York never materialized on Sunday.

State police in both states had shut down the area around capitol buildings as a precaution.

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Shootingscar rammings and assaults at protests across the country have prompted some racial justice activists to consider their options for self-defense. Activists from Manchester, Connecticut, signed up for a martial arts training for protesters after deaths in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon.

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A protest in Stamford, Connecticut, on Saturday in response to the death of a local man who died in police custody last year turned violent with both protesters and police suffering injuries. One officer required surgery.

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In June, officials in New York and Connecticut were concerned that protests in large numbers and without masks would spread the coronavirus. But weeks later, COVID-19-related hospitalizations, positive cases and deaths in the states have stayed down.

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