Rahul Dubey, an Indian man in Washington DC who allowed 70-odd protesters into his home where they stayed until the end of curfew, is being hailed a local hero. Some have got couch space.
Dubey told WJLA that he was thinking of his family of young protesters and was relieved to receive texts and messages, all of which were safe at home.
The United States has been rocked by protests for more than a week over the custodial death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a white police officer pinned Floyd down with his knee to his neck.
Peter Newsham, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said on Tuesday that none of the protesters inside the house were arrested and the officers "were in constant contact with that host throughout the evening".
"I hope that you continue to fight and I hope that you will leave today peacefully, as you did yesterday, and do not blink because our country needs you, and needs you and everyone more than ever at this time".
"I'm at a home in DC after being pepper sprayed and knocked down by the police".
Thanks to Rahul that he saved so many with his generosity and saving them from getting arrested. All the neighbours on this street opened their doors and are tending to protestors. "There was a huge explosion and there was a spray where my eyes started to burn and scream like I had never heard before, and I called it a "human tsunami", the best I can see for about a quarter of a block down the street", he said.
In an interview to ABC News affiliate WJLA, Mr Dubey stated that it was about 8:30 p.m. that he was sitting outdoors and noticed police arrange a brigade on 15 St. and Swann St. that changed into a holding space.
The protesters left Dubey's home when the district's new curfew ended at 6 am.
In a humble tone, he told NBC News,"I don't think there was even a choice in what I did, to be honest".
"The crowd just came racing through like a tornado, " he said.
He stated that when the police line had lastly handed his home, that is when the folks stopped pouring in and "I used to be capable of shut the door and lock it. People have been pouring milk on their faces, and water was being flung round. I believe that's unconstitutional in the first place", Meka said, adding that he was just trying to make a difference in the world. "It's the same that you would if it's a storm, and you would have let anyone into your home, I know that".
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