Fires burn near White House as US-wide protests rage
WASHINGTON: In the United States, protests against police brutality and killing of a black man continue in various cities across the country.
Multiple fires broke out near the White House late on Sunday evening, as angry protesters gathered in Washington DC against the death of George Floyd. US President Donald Trump, his wife, Melania and son Barron, were taken down to the White House bunker and then brought back up as the crowds dispersed.
Authorities imposed night-time curfews in several cities, including as Los Angeles, Houston and Minneapolis, which has been the epicenter of the unrest.
Thousands of National Guards troops have been deployed across the country in a bid to restore calm but protesters and police were involved in stand-offs in several cities while there were also fresh reports of looting.
Meanwhile, George Floyd’s killing has led to a global outrage and solidarity with protesters in the US. Thousands of people protested in New Zealand, London and Berlin to show solidarity with the US protesters demonstrating against the death of a Black man.
National Guard troops had been called-in in eleven states of the United States as violent protests sparked by the death of an African American man in police custody engulfed the entire country.
The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz said, “We are under assault” and added that full strength would be used to restore order.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in several cities including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta in a bid to stem the violent anti-police protests breaking out across the country.