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Workers install plywood over broken windows at Jack Casino, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Cleveland. The City of Cleveland extended its curfew through Tuesday night after riots broke out on Saturday over the death of George Lloyd. 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest cities cleaned up Monday from a weekend of violent protests, with some extending emergency curfews over the next few days.

Cleveland's decision to continue its curfew two more days created confusion Monday morning, with downtown freeway exit ramps and streets blocked to traffic. Commuters weren't being allowed past roadblocks, backing up traffic on freeways.

Mayor Frank Jackson's order, issued Sunday, had said the downtown area was off limits to everyone except those who live or work there and people going to medical appointments. Some people drove around the roadblocks, WEWS-TV reported.

Gov. Mike DeWine had called out the National Guard and highway patrol Saturday to help enforce laws in Cleveland and Columbus, where the mayors said more than 100 properties were damaged.

In Cincinnati, a nighttime curfew was extended through Monday. More than 100 people were arrested Sunday during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd, a black man in handcuffs, died after a white officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

Protests also erupted over the weekend in Toledo, Akron, Dayton and smaller cities. The damage across the state was still being tallied.

Cleveland fire officials said four police cruisers were torched and a fire truck and an ambulance were damaged. First responders were injured, none seriously, officials said.

Volunteers spent Sunday cleaning up from the unrest in Columbus, Toledo and Cleveland.

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