US cities go under curfew as protests for George Floyd’s death continue
WASHINGTON: Protests continued in cities across the US on Sunday for a six-straight day as demonstrators took to the streets to protest George Floyd’s killing.
Late Sunday, police shot tear gas outside the White House as major US cities were put under curfew to prevent protests as anti-racism demonstrators took to the streets again to vent outrage at police brutality.
There were more confrontations between protesters and police and fresh looting outbreaks with the Trump administration branding instigators of six nights of rioting as domestic terrorists.
Violent protests erupted regularly in a small park adjacent to the White House, with tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades used by police to disperse protesters that lit numerous major fires and destroyed property.
Regional US politicians pleaded to people to offer their anger positive expression over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, as night-time curfews were imposed in cities like Washington, Los Angeles, and Houston, among others.
One closely observed rally occurred outside the state capitol in St Paul ‘s twin city of Minneapolis, where several thousand protesters assembled before they marched down a highway.
“We have black sons, black brothers, black friends, we don´t want them to die. We are tired of this happening, this generation is not having it, we are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old black woman who joined the protest.
“I want to make sure he stays alive,” she added refering to her three-year-old son.
Ahead of the rally hundreds of police and National Guard troops were mobilized.
At one point, when a truck drove at speed after apparently breaking a barricade, some of the protestors who had reached a bridge were forced to scramble out for cover.
The driver was later taken to hospital after he was pulled from the vehicle by the demonstrators, but no immediate reports of other casualties were made.
Many large-scale demonstrations took place in cities such as New York and Miami.
Washington’s mayor ordered a curfew from 11:00pm until 6:00am, as a New York Times report said Secret Service agents rushed President Donald
Trump into an underground bunker at the White House on Friday night during a previous protest.