WASHINGTON: The US underwent fifth consecutive night violence on Saturday as protesters demanding justice for the death of an African American man in police custody marched in city streets. From Seattle to NY, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding tougher murder charges and more arrests over the death of George Floyd, who stopped breathing after Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
A protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night.
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota, of which Minneapolis is that the largest city, said he was mobilized the state’s entire National Guard Officers fired rubber bullets and swung batons during a testy standoff with demonstrators who set fire to a cruiser. Confederate monuments in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Mississippi were defaced. Demonstrators nationwide chanted slogans like “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe, ” which Floyd, who has become a fresh symbol of police brutality, was heard saying repeatedly before he died. In any city, police responded with increasing ferocity in days of escalating clashes with protestors. In videos that have gone viral, a mounted policeman was seen demolishing a protester, a cruiser drove into a car, and cops used their bicycles to keep off protestors. “Running SUVs in crowds of individuals should never, ever be normalized. regardless of who does it, regardless of why, ” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressman from during a tweet. She went on to criticize the city’s Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio’s earlier comments on the difficulty as “unacceptable”. In Washington DC, protesters clashed with Secret Service personnel outside the White House for the second day. President Donald Trump blamed the acute left for the violence, including widespread looting and arson in Minneapolis, saying rioters were dishonoring the memory of Floyd. “We cannot and must not allow a little group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. My administration will stop mob violence. And we’ll stop it cold, ” he added, accusing the loose-knit militant anti-fascist network Antifa of orchestrating the violence. On Sunday,
Trump tweeted: “The US of America is going to be designating ANTIFA as a terrorist group. “ Asked if Trump has plans to deal with the state on the difficulty, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told CNN Sunday the president had already addressed the difficulty. He has condoled Floyd’s death. “The President also said that we’re with the protesters who are demanding answers, a bit like we are, the peaceful protesters. But we have got to prevent mob violence. ” Democratic candidate Joe Biden condemned the violence of the protests but said on Sunday that US citizens had every right to demonstrate.