Protesters defy curfew, continue standoff with police in US
WASHINGTON: In the United States, protesters defied curfew across the country as standoff between police and demonstrators continued in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death of an African-American man George Floyd.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands gathered in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week.
On May 31, multiple fires had broken out near the White House, 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 have 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.