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LA MESA, Calif. – A city-wide curfew has been ordered in La Mesa Sunday, following a night of riots that damaged several businesses in the area.

The curfew begins at 7 p.m. Sunday and goes through 7 a.m. Monday to ensure the safety of the community. It comes after a night of rioting, looting and arson, following a peaceful demonstration protesting police violence against black Americans.

In a statement on Facebook, Mayor Mark Arapostathis expressed the deepest sadness he had ever felt in his life over the riots and looting.

“I am grieving along with every other La Mesa resident I am in the lowest place I have ever imagined,” state Mayor Arapostathis.

A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses that were destroyed.