May 31 2020
Authorities in several major cities in the United States have ordered people to stay indoors after widespread protests over the death of an African- American man during an arrest in Minneapolis on Monday.
George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Police fired rubber bullets and swung batons during a standoff with demonstrators who set fire to a police car in Los Angeles. Several arrests were made during similar clashes in Chicago and New York.
Elsewhere, crowds marched through the streets of Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and other cities, chanting slogans such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe,” which Floyd was saying repeatedly before he died.
A peaceful protest also took place in Toronto, Canada.
Authorities in Minneapolis today braced for a fifth night of protests with Minnesota governor Tim Walz calling up more national guard troops after policemen were overwhelmed during Friday night’s violence.
Walz said he was mobilizing the state’s entire 13,000-strong National Guard to deal with rioters who have looted shops and set fires in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
All major freeways leading into Minneapolis have been shut down since yesterday as the state braced for more rioting, arsons and looting.
However, people congregated peacefully on Minneapolis streets yesterday afternoon, chanting Floyd’s name as they help clean up the shops ransacked in the violence of the previous nights.
Some placed flowers in front of the shop where Floyd died as the incident was recorded in a phone video since seen around the world.
African American and other Minneapolis community leaders pleaded for local residents to stay home as the curfew was expanded to multiple cities in the state.
In New York’s Harlem neighborhood yesterday, several hundred people gathered for speeches on racism at a midday rally. Later in the afternoon, the crowd grew to thousands and they began marching through the streets.
Protestors had on Friday shouted and chanted for hours outside the White House in Washington despite the now-fired Minneapolis police officer accused of Floyd’s death was arrested and charged with third-degree murder that day.