'We're sick of it': Anger over police killings roils US
Jun 01 2020
FRANCE 24 reports from Minneapolis.
Hundreds of people protested in London and Berlin on Sunday in solidarity with demonstrations in the United States over the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.
"The protesters need to know we're going to support their efforts in a peaceful, nonviolent protest", the Republican told television station WSB late Saturday. And a person was killed in the area of protests in downtown Detroit just before midnight after someone fired shots into an SUV, officers said. The governors of Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Washington and Kentucky have mobilised their state National Guards to restore order, CNBC reported.
The protesters have since left Trafalgar Square and walked to the gates of Downing Street to continue with their protest.
Few corners of America were untouched, from protesters setting fires inside Reno's city hall, to police launching tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators in Fargo, North Dakota.
At The Grove, a kiosk for the Los Angeles Police Department was set on fire, while the Nordstrom store next door was broken into.
As many as 25 cities across 16 US states have imposed curfews while at least eight states and Washington D.C. have called on the National Guard to help respond to protests and unrest as of Saturday, said a CNN report. Some protesters also attacked a NY police van, spray painting it and breaking windows.
In Minneapolis, unrest entered the fifth night on Saturday as protesters threw projectiles at police, defying again a citywide curfew imposed from Friday. Authorities said that number would soon rise to almost 11,000. Attendees held up signs that read "Black Lives Matter", "Justice for George Floyd" and "I Can't Breathe". Police said six people were arrested and a police officer was injured after being struck in the head with a baseball bat.
Atlanta's Mayor has announced a curfew will be in effect from 9pm Saturday (11am Sunday AEST) to sunrise Sunday following violence that erupted in the city during demonstrations. Floyd's death Monday in police custody. The protests of Floyd's killing have gripped many more cities, but the losses in Minneapolis have yet to approach the staggering totals Los Angeles saw during five days of rioting in 1992, when more than 60 people died, 2,000-plus were injured and thousands arrested, with property damage topping $1 billion.