A new wave of protests, which escalated into clashes between protesters and police, took place tonight in a number of American cities. They were reached despite the fact that a curfew was imposed in some of the big cities in an attempt to calm the anger of the people caused by the death of the colored George Floyd in the hands of a white policeman.
President Donald Trump has vowed to end the collective violence after several nights of unrest in the city of Minneapolis, where Floyd died on Monday. A curfew was imposed there, but protesters ignored it and clashed with riot police to keep them away from the police station.
There were also clashes in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Atlanta. A curfew has also been imposed in the last two cities, as well as in Miami and Chicago for the same reasons.
During the protests, protesters chanted “I can’t breathe,” George Floyd’s last words before he died. Initially, the protests began peacefully, but then demonstrators blocked streets and intersections, caused fires, shattered windows and led to clashes with police in many places.
The picture of protesters filling the streets of major American cities fuels a sense of crisis in the country after weeks of isolation imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, during which millions lost their jobs and disproportionately affected minorities.
In the US capital, hundreds of protesters chanted in front of the Department of Justice: “The lives of people of color have meaning.”
In Minnesota, where Minneapolis is located, authorities mobilized 13,000 National Guard troops and asked the Department of Defense for help in dealing with local protesters. U.S. Gov. Tim Waltz said outside elements, who could be anarchists but also white supremacists or drug traffickers, are causing the protests to escalate into violence.
In Los Angeles, protesters clashed with police in the Fairfax neighborhood, where they tried to break into the offices of CBS Television City. They then raided Grove Mall and shops on the famous Rodeo Drive in affluent Beverly Hills. Mayor Eric Garnett described it as vandalism and destruction.
In New York, there were protests in Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, which escalated into real chaos at night. Demonstrators smashed windows, threw objects at police, set fire to police cars, and blocked roads with trash cans. Even in Manhattan, shops were broken into and goods were stolen. At least 15 police cars were destroyed and at least 120 people were arrested in the city. Mayor Bill De Blasio said the riots were sparked by agitators who did not represent the city and were deliberately trying to incite violence against police.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the violence during the protests, but added that he continued to support the reason why people came out to protest. He described this reason as a just cause.
President Trump has condemned the riots as the work of anarchists
US President Donald Trump has condemned the unrest, blaming left-wing anarchist radicals for the violence and threatening to stop it.
George Floyd’s death on the streets of Minneapolis is a tragic tragedy, but his memory has been tainted by far-left rioters, robbers and anarchists, the president at the Kennedy Space Center said after watching the SpaceX rocket launch.
I stand before you as a friend and ally of every American seeking justice and peace, and as a staunch opponent of anyone who exploits this tragedy to plunder, loot, attack, and threaten. Reconciliation instead of hatred, justice, not chaos – these are the missions on the agenda, Trump said.
My administration will stop the mob violence and stop it “once and for all,” Trump threatened. He said he would not allow “left-wing radical criminals” to set fire to American cities.
According to him, Antifa – a network of groups of far-left political activists, often professing militant anarchism – is behind the riots.
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