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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A protest gathered on the Las Vegas Strip Monday evening before marching downtown, marking the fifth night of protests in the valley in response to the killing of George Floyd. 

The event's organizers had posted a 7 p.m. start time for the June 1 protest. The protest was initially intended to meet at Trump Tower, near Fashion Show Mall. Police cleared the area and officers remained there to block pedestrian traffic as the street is private property.

About 7 p.m., the protesters had moved onto the Las Vegas Strip and split into two groups.  

By 8:30 p.m. the protest had grown to the hundreds and marched north on the Las Vegas Strip past Sahara Avenue. As of 10 p.m., the protest remained peaceful as hundreds arrived to Fremont East. 

In downtown, the tone became confrontational between protesters and police. By 11 p.m., pepper bullets and tear gas were fired on hundreds at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street to break up the crowd.

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In preparation, several businesses including Walgreens had closed and boarded up on the Las Vegas Strip. RTC announced several bus routes were affected on and around the Strip due to the protest.

On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump called on governors in the United States to use the National Guard to "dominate the streets" and end the protests. 

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responded, saying in part: "When it comes to the role of the Nevada National Guard, I want to be clear to all Nevadans: The Guard are our neighbors, family members, and friends ... in recent days and at the request of local leaders, two Guard units have been activated and are currently on standby to assist in preserving public safety as well as the ability of individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate."

This is a developing story. Check back for frequent updates. 

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