Protests for George Floyd's death across the US threaten to turn violent, 25 cities in US are under curfew

Protests for George Floyd's death across the US threaten to turn violent, 25 cities in US are under curfew

Protests across the country threaten to turn violent after the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men rise due to which at least 25 cities in the United States are under curfew.

Police cars were set ablaze, windows were smashed and stores have been ransacked in the protests, which began in Minneapolis following Mr. Floyd's death on Monday when a police officer pressed a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes. The unrest has since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of deaths at police hands.

Racially diverse crowds took to the streets again on Saturday (Sunday AEST) for mostly peaceful demonstrations around the country, though some again descended into violence.

Dozens of cities went under curfew on Saturday night as government officials questioned whether "outsiders" were wreaking havoc to undermine the protests or stoke unrest - but offered little evidence to back up those claims.

Cities under curfew

  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Miami, Florida
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • St Paul, Minnesota
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Rochester, New York
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

President Donald Trump was blaming "Antifa and other radical groups" for stoking the riots. Attorney-General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf also alluded to Antifa, a term for anti-fascist agitators.

Published on: May 31, 2020 14:29:05

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