Protests over Floyd’s death continue to rage across U.S.
UNTV News • June 3, 2020 • 194
More than 20,000 National Guard members have been deployed to patrol a dozen major U.S. states as of Tuesday amid the ongoing protests against racism and police violence over George Floyd’s death, which have sent shock waves through the country.
Eight days into the nationwide protests, incidents of arson, vandalism and looting happened in various places, along with civilian deaths and injuries of journalists related to alleged abusive use of force by the police.
According to U.S. officials with the Department of Defense, the national guard soldiers have been deployed in 29 states and would assist law enforcement officers in the face of riots.
As protests have spread to more than 140 cities across the United States, at least 40 of them have imposed curfews to curb acts of violence in extensive demonstrations against police brutality and racism, which usually erupted at night.
In D.C. on Monday evening, protesters gathered outside the White House, chanting “No justice, no peace.”
Due to the 17:10 curfew imposed in the capital, the number of protesters saw a drop compared to the previous days.
Pleading in vain for his life, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, was captured on video pinning Floyd down by his neck for eight minutes in Minneapolis.
All four police officers involved have been fired, and Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter
Protests erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the following day, and quickly spread across the United States. (Reuters)
China said on Tuesday (June 30) it will take retaliatory measures in response to the United States’ decision to start eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.
“Intimidation will never work on China. The U.S. wants to use these so-called sanctions to obstruct China’s legislation process to safeguard national security in Hong Kong. This attempt has no chance of success,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a daily news briefing.
Zhao did not specify which measures Beijing would take. The U.S. is halting defense exports and restricting Hong Kong’s access to high-technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation.
China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago. (Reuters)
Peaceful rallies gave way to a third night of arson, looting and vandalism in Minneapolis on Thursday (May 28) as protesters vented their rage over the death of a black man seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck.
In contrast with Wednesday (May 27) night, when rock-throwing demonstrators clashed repeatedly with police in riot gear, law enforcement kept a low profile around the epicenter of the unrest, outside the city’s Third Precinct police station.
Protesters massing outside the building briefly retreated under volleys of police tear gas and rubber bullets fired at them from the roof, only to reassemble and eventually attack the building head on, setting fire to the structure as police seemed to withdraw. Protesters were later observed on the roof.
A car and at least two other buildings in the vicinity were also set ablaze, and looters returned for a second night to a nearby Target discount store, left boarded up and vacant from the previous night, to make off with whatever remained inside.
The latest spasm of unrest in Minnesota’s largest city went largely unchecked, despite Governor Tim Walz ordering the National Guard activated to help restore order following the first two days of disturbances sparked by Monday (May 25) night’s fatal arrest of George Floyd, 46. (Reuters)
Protesters clashed with riot police firing tear gas for a second night in Minneapolis on Wednesday (May 27) in an outpouring of rage over the death of a black man seen in a widely circulated video growing limp and lifeless as a white officer knelt on his neck.
The video, taken by an onlooker to Monday (May 25) night’s fatal encounter between police and George Floyd, 46, showed him lying face down and handcuffed, gasping for air and groaning for help, repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.”
The second day of demonstrations, accompanied by looting, began hours after Mayor Jacob Frey urged prosecutors to file criminal charges against the white policeman shown pinning Floyd to the street.
The policeman and three fellow officers who participated in Floyd’s apprehension were dismissed from the police department on Tuesday as the FBI opened an investigation into the incident.
Hundreds of protesters, many with faces covered, thronged streets around the Third Precinct police station late on Wednesday, about half a mile from where Floyd had been arrested, chanting, “No justice, no peace.”
The crowd grew to thousands as night fell and the protest turned into a standoff outside the station, where police in riot gear formed barricade lines while protesters taunted them from behind makeshift barricades of their own.
Police, some taking positions on rooftops, used tear gas, plastic bullets and concussion grenades to keep the crowds at bay, while protesters pelted police with rocks, water bottles and other projectiles. Some threw tear gas canisters back at the officers. (Reuters)
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