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NEW YORK CITY — Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted the curfew on New York City Sunday morning, a day earlier than expected.

The 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was scheduled to expire Monday morning.

However, the mayor tweeted Sunday that it would end, effectively immediately, after several nights of mostly peaceful protests.

“New York City: We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city.” de Blasio tweeted. “Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other.”

De Blasio held a news briefing. Watch live below.

Massive protests against police brutality nationwide capped a week that began in chaos but ended with largely peaceful gatherings that organizers hope will sustain their movement.

In New York City, thousands took to the streets and parks Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality as the NYPD took a more hands-off approach to the curfew, which had been a source of tension between officers and demonstrators since it was imposed on Monday.

Thousands of people crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan, where other groups numbering in the hundreds to thousands marched or gathered.

Four arrests were made and 24 summonses were issued during the day, de Blasio said.

Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25 has galvanized the expanding movement calling for racial equality and police reform.