Reuters reporters injured in US protests (OVERVIEW OF COLLISIONS AT NIGHT + PHOTOS)
A Reuters television operator and an accompanying security consultant were injured during protests that escalated into violence in the US city of Minneapolis, the agency reported.
Cameraman Julio Cesar Chavez covered the protests in the city, caused by the death of a colored man at the hands of police. Footage taken by him shows a police officer firing directly at him and he was hit by rubber bullets. Security Adviser Rodney Stewart was similarly injured. The two members of the Reuters television crew sought refuge at a nearby gas station.
Reuters has sent an inquiry to the Minneapolis police regarding the incident. A police spokesman asked for a copy of the shots taken by the photographer and has not yet commented on what happened.
Both members of the Reuters television crew have wounds on their hands, Chavez was wounded in the back of the head, and footage from the television shows that a doctor helped him on the spot and because of a deep wound under his left eye.
Both members of the Reuters television crew had documents clearly certifying that they worked for the news media. Chavez even carried his press card around his neck. Stewart, on the other hand, wore an armored vest with a press card attached to it.
Meanwhile, Indianapolis, Indiana authorities said at least one person was killed and three injured during protests there.
A new wave of protests, which escalated into clashes between protesters and police, took place tonight in a number of American cities, according to world agencies. 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. Trump himself said that this was caused by small groups of criminals and vandals, by extreme leftists and anti-fascists, and called for the destruction of American cities by such people.
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.