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Fire and tear gas outside the White House on sixth day of protests following George Floyd’s death in custody - SBS News

Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality.

With the Trump administration branding instigators of six nights of rioting as domestic terrorists, there were more confrontations between protestors and police and fresh outbreaks of looting.

Violent clashes erupted repeatedly in a small park next to the White House, with authorities using tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse crowds who lit several large fires and damaged property.

Protesters confront police outside the White House

Protesters confront police outside the White House

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Local US leaders appealed to citizens to give constructive outlet to their rage over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, while night-time curfews were imposed in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston.

Police fired tear gas at protesters as the demonstrations erupted outside the White House, as fired burned on the streets.

Two night earlier, US President Donald Trump was reportedly taken into the White House's underground bunker for about an hour as the protests escalated.

Curfews are now in place across 20 US states and thousands of National Guard troops have been unleashed on major cities as demonstrators continue to take to the streets following Mr Floyd's death.

Speaking live on television on Sunday evening, Minneapolis's police chief Medaria Arradondo said he believed the three officers who stood by as Derek Chauvin held his knee on Mr Floyd's neck for nine minutes were "complicit" in his death.

Mr Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but the other three officers have not been charged.

"Being silent or not intervening, to me, you're complicit. I don't see a level of distinction," Mr Arradondo told CNN.

"If there were one solitary voice that would have intervened in that, that's what I would have hoped for. That did not occur.

"To the Floyd family, I want you to know, my decision to fire all four officers was not based on some sort of hierarchy. Mr Floyd died in our hands, and so I see that as being complicit."

A tanker truck moving at high-speed also ploughed into a highway full of protesters in Minneapolis.

Local media showed footage of thousands of people rushing to either side of the highway before the truck came barrelling down the middle of the road.

Protesters quickly dragged the driver out of the car before he was arrested by police, who took him to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"The incident just underscores the volatile situation we have out there," Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told a news conference, adding he did not know the motives of the driver.

In Atlanta, a video showed police officers using tasers in an attempt to get two people out of a car during a protest.

Local media, who were broadcasting nearby, said the officers smashed in the windows and flattened the car tires before arresting one woman and one man, who they tasered in the process. 

Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, said her city was sharply limiting access to its central business district after violent protests. She reflected the exasperation of many officials and ordinary residents over the turn from peaceful protest to explosive violence.

She told CNN:  "I am hurt and angry at those who decided to try to hijack this moment and use it as an opportunity to wreak havoc, to loot and to destroy. You should be ashamed of yourselves. What you have done is to dishonour yourself, your family and our city."

Meanwhile, US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has denied the existence of systemic racism in police forces across the US.

The fourth in a string of chief security advisors to US President Donald Trump over the past three years, Mr O'Brien claimed there were only "a few bad apples" among police ruining the reputation of the vast majority.

"No, I don't think there's systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our law enforcement officers are great Americans. Many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian, they're working the toughest neighbourhood, they've got the hardest jobs to do in this country and I think they're amazing, great Americans," he told CNN.

"There are some bad cops who are racist. There are cops that maybe don't have the right training."

Mr Walz extended a curfew for a third night Sunday and praised police and guardsmen for holding down violence, saying: "they did so in a professional manner. They did so without a single loss of life and minimal property damage."

"Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night," Mr Trump said in a tweet, adding that they "should be used in other States before it is too late!"

National Guard deployed

The Department of Defense said that around 5,000 National Guard troops had been mobilised in 15 states as well as the capital Washington with another 2,000 on standby.

The widespread resort to uniformed National Guards units is rare, and it evoked disturbing memories of the rioting in US cities in 1967 and 1968 in a turbulent time of protest over racial and economic disparities.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta were among two dozen cities ordering people to stay indoors overnight but police and protesters still clashed in numerous cities.

Multiple arrests were reported by US media in Minneapolis, Seattle and New York as rallies continued through the night. Officers in Los Angeles fired rubber bullets and swung batons during a testy standoff with demonstrators who set fire to a police car.

But Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that Mr Trump, who has often urged police to use tough tactics, was not helping matters.

"We are beyond a tipping point in this country, and his rhetoric only enflames that," she said on CBS. "And he should just sometimes stop talking."

Joe Biden weighs in

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the violence but said on Sunday that US citizens had every right to demonstrate.

"Protesting such brutality is right and necessary," he said in a late-night statement. "But burning down communities and needless destruction is not."

Jessica Peacock, a school teacher from Raleigh, washes her eyes after being hit with tear gas.

Jessica Peacock, a school teacher from Raleigh in North Carolina, washes her eyes after being hit with tear gas.

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'Not turning the cheek'

Peaceful protests occurred too, including in Toronto as the movement spread beyond America's borders.

Demonstrators nationwide chanted slogans such as "Black Lives Matter" and "I can't breathe," which Mr Floyd was heard saying repeatedly in his final moments, as he lay, handcuffed, on the ground with Chauvin's knee on his neck.

"We're not turning the cheek anymore. Black lives matter," said makeup artist Melissa Mock, who joined several thousand in a daytime protest in Miami.

Earlier, people congregated and chanted peacefully in Minneapolis, carrying brooms to help clean up damaged shops and streets.

Some placed flowers in front of the shop where Floyd was arrested on Monday.

'Black lives matter'

There was looting in Miami, where a curfew was announced. Houston police made more than 130 arrests. The Denver mayor said people had been stopped while bringing "assault weapons, handguns (and) baseball bats" into the city. And Los Angeles expanded its curfew order as looting broke out.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said a video showing a police car forcing its way through protesters in Brooklyn was "upsetting" but that he did not blame the officers, who faced "an extremely dangerous situation."

But unlike other mayors, Mr de Blasio declined to declare a curfew and said he opposed bringing in "outside military forces" to help local police.

"If you're bringing outside military or police forces you actually endanger the safety and security of New Yorkers because they're not trained to handle the realities of our streets and our communities," he told reporters.

With additional reporting from Reuters.

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2020-06-01 06:00:04Z
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Trump rushed to bunker under White House amid George Floyd riots - NEWS.com.au

The US President Donald Trump has been rushed to an underground safety bunker as violent protests raged outside the White House.

Reports have emerged that Mr Trump was taken to the White House bunker as angry demonstrators gathered outside the building on Friday night.

The reports, confirmed by CNN and the New York Times, came from a White House source and a police source.

Loud chants of “Black lives matter” could be heard from the White House grounds, with thousands of protesters descending on the area and lighting fires as police spray tear gas in response.

The state’s entire National Guard have been called to assist, with multiple large fires - including nearby St John’s Church - set ablaze.

Mr Trump was in the bunker for just under an hour, and the First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron were also taken to the bunker for protection.

The source told CNN: “If the condition at the White House is elevated to RED and the President is moved”.

Amid the reports of the President forced into shelter, Mr Trump lashed out angrily on Twitter as protesters took to the streets across the US to demonstrate in increasingly violent scenes.

In 18 tweets fired off in a single day, Mr Trump blamed the “radical left” and “Democratic Mayors and Governors” and the “lamestream media” in divisive language.

Protests have raged for a sixth straight night sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd, who was killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

As the protests spiral out of control and show no sign of calming down, distressing scenes of widespread fires, looting, violence and chaos have continued to unfold in major and smaller cities across the country.

Mr Trump angrily lashed out at protesters, firing off 18 tweets on Sunday, targeting the “lamestream media” and sections of agitator protest groups known in the US as “Antifa”.

He called the protesters “anarchists” and urged Democratic leaders to “call in the National Guard now” as scenes of violent clashes in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Monica and numerous other cities were widely reported.

The President then called for “Law and order” in a tweet as thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the White House, later setting numerous fires and clashing with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and hit journalists with batons.

Mr Trump also targeted specific media organisations, tweeting the words “Fake news” and naming major news organisations who’d been offering round the clock coverage from the on the scene of the protests.

The President also repeated claims that the vast majority of protesters placed under arrest during protest action in Minneapolis were from outside of the state of Minnesota, and had travelled from out of state to cause trouble.

The claims were repeated by other officials from the state, including the Governor and the Mayor of the city. These claims were quickly found to be false, with 80 per cent of the protesters arrested coming from inside of the state.

Mr Trump also targeted Antifa agitators in his tweets, vowing to reclassify the group as a “terrorist organisation”. Antifa — meaning anti-fascists — is a term used to describe far left activists who are not affiliated with the US Democratic party.

They often employ anarcho-militant tactics and are anti-government activists who oppose wealth and elite groups.

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George Floyd protesters uninjured after truck drives at crowd on Minneapolis freeway - ABC News

A truck driver has been arrested after appearing to drive at a crowd of protesters on a Minneapolis freeway at high speed amid widespread unrest in the United States.

Officials in Minnesota say no protesters were hit when the semi-trailer drove into a crowd demonstrating on a freeway near the city centre.

The Minnesota State Patrol said in a tweet that the action appeared to be deliberate.

The patrol said the driver was injured and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries but released into custody shortly afterwards.

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It was not clear how the driver was hurt.

Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety John Harrington said the crowd of up to 6,000 protesters was marching on a closed stretch of the Minneapolis Highway.

"In the midst of that crowd, the truck drove through at high speeds, was chased down by protesters and the truck stopped. The driver was taken out of the truck by the protesters," Mr Harrington said.

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A large crowd had gathered on the freeway near downtown Minneapolis.(AP: Julio Cortez)

TV footage showed protesters swarming the truck, and then law enforcement quickly moving in.

Other TV footage showed the truck moving rapidly onto the bridge and protesters appearing to part ahead of it.

The protesters were demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minnesota last week.

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2020-06-01 03:26:54Z
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US riots, George Floyd death: Protesters descend on White House - NEWS.com.au

Thousands of protesters have descended on the White House area to call for justice for George Floyd, lighting fires as police spray tear gas in response.

Loud chants of “Black lives matter” could be heard from the White House grounds, but officers from the Park Police and Secret Service were keeping them far back from the heavily fortified Executive Mansion.

Now multiple large fires can be seen burning near the building.

Another public building with bathrooms nearby in the President’s Park has also been set ablaze.

Nearby St John’s Church has also reportedly been set on fire.

On-the-ground reports describe the scene as “descending into chaos in the last twenty minutes” as tear gas was fired on protesters.

Fireworks are being hurled at police by the crowds.

The city is supposed to go under curfew at 11pm local time, which won’t be lifted until 6am.

It’s believed that President Donald Trump is still at the White House.

Mr Trump was reportedly taken into a special secure bunker on Friday night.

“Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks,” the New York Times reported.

“The President and his family were rattled by their experience on Friday night, according to several advisers.”

Late on Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that protesters could have been attacked with “vicious dogs and ominous weapons”, and slammed the DC mayor for not providing police to protect the White House.

“They let the ‘protesters’ scream and rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard – didn’t know what hit them,” he said.

“(The protesters) would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”

Beside the stepped-up law enforcement presence, the White House was unusually quiet for a Sunday as staffers were encouraged to keep away from the complex.

“Due to ongoing demonstrations, please avoid coming to the White House Complex today if it all possible,” an email alert to staffers stated.

One particularly powerful image showed one police officer among a row kneeling down so he was eye-to-eye with an African-American protester.

Mr Trump has not directly addressed the White House protesters, but he has called for military intervention to quell the protests across the country.

Taking to Twitter, the US President denounced the protesters as “Radical Left Anarchists”, claiming “the world is watching and laughing” at his Democratic rival Joe Biden, and that the National Guard must be used “before it is too late”.

The President also said Antifa would be designated a terrorist organisation by the US, even though experts say this would be unconstitutional.

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, refers to a loosely organised coalition of activists and self-described anarchists who have been involved in street protests for several years.

Mr Trump gave no other details, but the American Civil Liberties Union said on its website that the USA Patriot Act “expanded the definition of terrorism to cover 'domestic'," as opposed to international terrorism.

The President has claimed the far-left organisers are key drivers of street violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Protests have now erupted in at least 30 US cities over the death of unarmed black man Floyd at the hands of police.

Three people have been shot, one killed and hundreds arrested in the violence, with businesses smashed, looted and burned down in the unrest.

Police have arrested at least 1669 people in 22 US cities in the past three days.

Floyd’s death is one of a litany of racial tragedies that have thrown the country into chaos amid the coronavirus pandemic that has left millions out of work and killed more than 100,000 people in the US, including disproportionate numbers of black people.

“We’re sick of it. The cops are out of control,” protester Olga Hall said in Washington DC. “They’re wild. There’s just been too many dead boys.”

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George Floyd protests continue into sixth night across United States - ABC News

Dozens of US cities are cleaning up from a fifth night of violence and bracing for a sixth as protests sparked by the death in custody of black man George Floyd continue across the country.

Curfews on Saturday night local time failed to quell confrontations between protesters and police on the streets of major cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as dozens of smaller communities such as Fargo, North Dakota, and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The turbulence sparked by the death of Mr Floyd — who died after being pinned under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer — made for the most significant night of protests in the US in a half-century and the damage extended to buildings near the White House.

More than 10,000 National Guard members expected in Minneapolis

Curfews were imposed around the country, including in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, DC.

In Minneapolis, the city where the protests began, police, state troopers and National Guard members moved in soon after an 8:00pm curfew took effect on Saturday to break up demonstrations.

People walk past graffiti saying The Revolution is Here
A window in Colorado shows the effects of the biggest night of protest in the US for half a century.(AP: David Zalubowski)

The show of force came after three days in which police largely avoided engaging protesters, and after the state poured more than 4,000 National Guard troops into Minneapolis.

Authorities said that number would soon rise to nearly 11,000.

President Donald Trump appeared to cheer on the tougher tactics, commending the National Guard deployment in Minneapolis and declaring "No games!"

He said police in New York City "must be allowed to do their job!"

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the violence as he continued to express common cause with those demonstrating after Mr Floyd's death.

"The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest," Mr Biden said in a late-night statement.

Dozens of additional protests were underway or expected on Sunday local time, from Miami to Kansas City to San Francisco.

Trump says Antifa will be designated a terrorist group

Mr Trump blamed left-wing groups for causing the riots.

He said anarchists and militant anti-fascists under the umbrella term Antifa were to blame for riots that formed off the back of largely peaceful protests.

Though the group, whose followers organise resistance to white supremacists, is not an official organisation, Mr Trump said Antifa would be designated as a terrorist group.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien said there was no systemic racism in police forces in the US, blaming the killing of black citizens on "some bad apples".

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"I think 99.9 per cent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans," he said on CNN.

"Many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian, they're working the toughest neighbourhood, they've got the hardest jobs to do in this country and I think they're amazing, great Americans.

"There is no doubt that there are some racist police, I think they're the minority, I think they're the few bad apples and we need to root them out."

Flowers at 'sacred space' where Mr Floyd died

A woman and child add to a floral tribute in front of a mural of George Floyd
A memorial to George Floyd grows in Minneapolis.(AP: John Minchillo)

At the Minneapolis intersection where Mr Floyd was killed, people gathered with brooms and flowers, saying it was important to protect what they called a "sacred space".

The intersection was blocked with the traffic cones while a ring of flowers was laid out.

County Commissioner Angela Conley showed up shortly after the curfew lifted, saying that police had trampled flowers and photos of Mr Floyd.

"The community needs healing, and what happened last night only exacerbated the pain that's been felt," she said of police action.

Ms Conley said the demonstrations and confrontations with police would continue until the other three officers who were at the scene when Mr Floyd was pinned down are arrested and prosecuted.

The officer who put his knee on Mr Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was charged last week with murder. All four officers have been fired.

"We'll continue to have this militarised presence in our community until justice is done," Ms Conley said.

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Protesters meditate before marching through Aspen, in Colorado.(AP: Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Trump blames anarchists and media

In tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump blamed anarchists and the media for fuelling the violence.

Attorney-General William Barr pointed a finger at "far-left extremist" groups.

Police chiefs and politicians around the country accused outsiders of coming in and causing the problems.

Few parts of America were untouched. Protesters set fires inside Reno's city hall, and police launched tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators in Fargo, North Dakota.

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A rifle is melted into the street where a police car was in Salt Lake City.(AP: Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune)

In Salt Lake City, demonstrators flipped a police car and lit it on fire. Police said six people were arrested and an officer was injured after being struck in the head with a baseball bat.

By Sunday, the fury had spread to Europe, where thousands gathered in London's Trafalgar Square, clapping and waving placards despite government rules barring crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At least 13 police officers were injured in Philadelphia, and at least four police vehicles were set on fire.

Philadelphia police say one officer was run over while trying to apprehend looters.

The bicycle officer was taken to hospital with a broken arm, police tweeted.

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George Floyd protests continue into sixth night across United States - ABC News

Dozens of US cities are cleaning up from a fifth night of violence and bracing for a sixth as protests sparked by the death in custody of black man George Floyd continue across the country.

Curfews on Saturday night local time failed to quell confrontations between protesters and police on the streets of major cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as dozens of smaller communities such as Fargo, North Dakota, and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The turbulence sparked by the death of Mr Floyd — who died after being pinned under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer — made for the most significant night of protests in the US in a half-century and the damage extended to buildings near the White House.

More than 10,000 National Guard members expected in Minneapolis

Curfews were imposed around the country, including in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, DC.

In Minneapolis, the city where the protests began, police, state troopers and National Guard members moved in soon after an 8:00pm curfew took effect on Saturday to break up demonstrations.

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A window in Colorado shows the effects of the biggest night of protest in the US for half a century.(AP: David Zalubowski)

The show of force came after three days in which police largely avoided engaging protesters, and after the state poured more than 4,000 National Guard troops into Minneapolis.

Authorities said that number would soon rise to nearly 11,000.

President Donald Trump appeared to cheer on the tougher tactics, commending the National Guard deployment in Minneapolis and declaring "No games!"

He said police in New York City "must be allowed to do their job!"

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the violence as he continued to express common cause with those demonstrating after Mr Floyd's death.

"The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest," Mr Biden said in a late-night statement.

Dozens of additional protests were underway or expected on Sunday local time, from Miami to Kansas City to San Francisco.

Trump says Antifa will be designated a terrorist group

Mr Trump blamed left-wing groups for causing the riots.

He said anarchists and militant anti-fascists under the umbrella term Antifa were to blame for riots that formed off the back of largely peaceful protests.

Though the group, whose followers organise resistance to white supremacists, is not an official organisation, Mr Trump said Antifa would be designated as a terrorist group.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien said there was no systemic racism in police forces in the US, blaming the killing of black citizens on "some bad apples".

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"I think 99.9 per cent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans," he said on CNN.

"Many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian, they're working the toughest neighbourhood, they've got the hardest jobs to do in this country and I think they're amazing, great Americans.

"There is no doubt that there are some racist police, I think they're the minority, I think they're the few bad apples and we need to root them out."

Flowers at 'sacred space' where Mr Floyd died

A woman and child add to a floral tribute in front of a mural of George Floyd
A memorial to George Floyd grows in Minneapolis.(AP: John Minchillo)

At the Minneapolis intersection where Mr Floyd was killed, people gathered with brooms and flowers, saying it was important to protect what they called a "sacred space".

The intersection was blocked with the traffic cones while a ring of flowers was laid out.

County Commissioner Angela Conley showed up shortly after the curfew lifted, saying that police had trampled flowers and photos of Mr Floyd.

"The community needs healing, and what happened last night only exacerbated the pain that's been felt," she said of police action.

Ms Conley said the demonstrations and confrontations with police would continue until the other three officers who were at the scene when Mr Floyd was pinned down are arrested and prosecuted.

The officer who put his knee on Mr Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was charged last week with murder. All four officers have been fired.

"We'll continue to have this militarised presence in our community until justice is done," Ms Conley said.

Dozens of cross-legged people meditate in front of a tree-covered hill, with protest signs in front of them.
Protesters meditate before marching through Aspen, in Colorado.(AP: Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Trump blames anarchists and media

In tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump blamed anarchists and the media for fuelling the violence.

Attorney-General William Barr pointed a finger at "far-left extremist" groups.

Police chiefs and politicians around the country accused outsiders of coming in and causing the problems.

Few parts of America were untouched. Protesters set fires inside Reno's city hall, and police launched tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators in Fargo, North Dakota.

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A rifle is melted into the street where a police car was in Salt Lake City.(AP: Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune)

In Salt Lake City, demonstrators flipped a police car and lit it on fire. Police said six people were arrested and an officer was injured after being struck in the head with a baseball bat.

By Sunday, the fury had spread to Europe, where thousands gathered in London's Trafalgar Square, clapping and waving placards despite government rules barring crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At least 13 police officers were injured in Philadelphia, and at least four police vehicles were set on fire.

Philadelphia police say one officer was run over while trying to apprehend looters.

The bicycle officer was taken to hospital with a broken arm, police tweeted.

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George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked widespread riots in the United States with more than 25 cities in lockdown as demonstrators continue to clash violently with police.

Summary

  • Protests over the death last Monday of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis erupted in more than 30 cities across the US on Saturday night
  • At least 25 cities in 16 states have imposed curfews, and most are expected to continue through Sunday night
  • There have been violent protests for four nights in Minneapolis, prompting the city's total lockdown after widespread property damage from fires and looting. Before 7am, AEST, protesters were gathering at the site of Floyd's death to continue their action on Sunday
  • At least four people have died so far in the protests, one in Minneapolis, one in Detroit and two in Indianapolis
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How did we get here?

As the protests in Minneapolis enter their sixth evening – with the movement spreading as far as London's Trafalgar Square – let's look back at the key events of the past week.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.Credit:Getty

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Credit:AP

  • On Friday, US President Donald Trump sent a tweet which indicated the military would use armed force with the now censored line, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." He has since continued to criticise the Minneapolis' Democrat governor and mayor.
  • A number of other protests broke out across the US : out the front of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in New York, outside the White House, in Dallas and in Denver.
  • It was also on Friday that Mr Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter in relation to Mr Floyd's death. He is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St Paul on $US500,000 bail.
Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.

Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.Credit:AP

It is now Sunday in the US and at least 25 cities have been placed under curfew. The death toll is understood to be at four, after two people were shot dead in Saturday's protest at Indianapolis. CNN reports 5000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states.

Over the weekend, the protests have spread internationally, including to London, Berlin and Toronto, attracting the world's attention.

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More curfews announced, Minnesota closes highways

More curfews have been announced as Sunday night's George Floyd protests begin across the US.

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Manhattan and Philadelphia. The New York protest seems peaceful, with the group literally chanting "peaceful protest" and "if you see looting, stop it" in videos posted on social media.

In Philadelphia, where a 6pm curfew was introduced on Sunday, police have already begun to use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Meanwhile, a curfew is now in place for Beverly Hills after looting occurred in stores on Rodeo Drive on Saturday. Arizona announced a statewide curfew to last the week on Sunday afternoon.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died and the protests began, all highways into the city and neighbouring St Paul have been closed.

Editorial: unity of America’s states has sorely failed

Today's editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age remarks: "The unity of America’s states has been tested this year and it has sorely failed."

It continues to describe the ongoing protests and riots as "a flashpoint in America's year from hell".

"Their fires shed light on the nation’s many divisions: the acute racial inequalities that drive the current protests, both peaceful and violent; the partisan tribalism that has replaced debate; and the failures of American federalism which were already exposed for all to see by the coronavirus pandemic."

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Trump tweets after machete-wielding man assaulted in Dallas

The second day of protests in Dallas, Texas, reached a flash point late on Saturday as a widely circulated, graphic video showed a man charging at protesters with a machete before being brutally beaten.

In various videos on social media, the man is seen carrying a machete and chasing a group of protesters. A Dallas Police Department spokesman said the man was trying to protect his neighbourhood.

A pair of protestors are overcome with tear gas as they run from Dallas Police tactical officers on Friday.

A pair of protestors are overcome with tear gas as they run from Dallas Police tactical officers on Friday.Credit:AP

The man was then assaulted by a group of people, who kicked and punched him in the body and head. Once the attackers cleared, the unidentified man was left behind with a bloody head and twisted limbs, and he was not moving.

Shortly before midnight local time, the police spokesman said the victim was in stable condition at a hospital. The man was transported from the scene before officers arrived, the spokesman said.

US President Donald Trump called for consequences Sunday as he tweeted about the incident.

“SO TERRIBLE!” he wrote. “Where are the arrests and LONG TERM jail sentences?”

Trump retweeted a suggestion that the beaten man was attacked by Antifa, or anti-fascist, activists, whom the president and his advisers have blamed for the escalating violence amid a week of protests. But different leaders have advanced conflicting theories about who is behind the demonstrations’ destructive turn, and Dallas police said Sunday that no one had been arrested for the attack captured on video, according to local news outlets.

The Dallas police have been approached for a response.

Mayor Eric Johnson had earlier condemned the violence in an interview with WFAA ABC 8, adding that police are investigating the attack.

“It’s unacceptable for a beating like that to happen in my city,” Johnson said.

The initial call came in as a stabbing at the House of Blues, a popular downtown music venue.

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'I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry': Michael Jordan

Former professional basketball player Michael Jordan has released a powerful statement in support of the protests via his management.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," the statement begins.

"I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence towards people of colour in our country. We have had enough."

Target closes stores across the US after damage

US department store Target and pharmacist CVS are temporarily closing certain locations, including some that were damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Target said it has closed six stores for an extended period. It hopes to reopen its Lake Street store in Minneapolis by the end of this year. The store was near the place where Floyd was killed and it was heavily damaged during last week's protests. Another store in Minneapolis remains closed, along with stores in Oakland, California; Atlanta; Philadelphia and Chicago.

A police officer tries to put out a Los Angeles Police Department kiosk that was set on fire in The Grove shopping centre during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Saturday in Los Angeles.

A police officer tries to put out a Los Angeles Police Department kiosk that was set on fire in The Grove shopping centre during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Saturday in Los Angeles. Credit:AP

Target said it temporarily closed or adjusted hours at more than 200 stores over the weekend, but most were scheduled to reopen Sunday or Monday.

CVS didn't say how many stores it closed, but it said the shuttered locations are in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. A spokeswoman for the company said pharmacies at closed stores will reroute customers to a nearby CVS so they can get prescriptions filled.

"Employee and customer safety is our top priority, so we are continually monitoring protests as they occur in the communities we serve and will close stores, if needed, to help ensure the safety of employees and customers," CVS said in a statement.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country," Target said in a statement. "Our focus will remain on our team members' safety and helping our community heal."

Target said employees at stores that are closed will be paid for up to 14 days, including premiums they are earning due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will also be able to work at Target locations that remain open.

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Mayor who 'didn't see anything unreasonable' with Floyd arrest apologises

A white Mississippi mayor who caused an outrage with his tweets about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has apologised but says he won't resign.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx told the Hattiesburg American his remarks on social media about Floyd's death, which occurred after a white police officer knelt on his neck, "were made in haste and not well-thought out or expressed".

"I apologise to those who found them to be insensitive, and I apologise to the people of our city," Marx told the newspaper in an interview Saturday.

"Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?" Marx tweeted Tuesday, the day four Minneapolis police officers were fired. Floyd, 46, was handcuffed and pleading for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck Monday.

In a follow-up tweet, the Republican directly referenced the Floyd case, saying he "didn't see anything unreasonable": "If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn't show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."

Marx told the newspaper that city aldermen and others had wrongly characterised the tweets as racist.

"I did not make racist comments," Marx said, "and I have not mistreated anyone."

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How did we get here?

As the protests in Minneapolis enter their sixth evening – with the movement spreading as far as London's Trafalgar Square – let's look back at the key events of the past week.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.

A fire burns inside of an Auto Zone store near the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis.Credit:Getty

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

A demonstrator raises his fist during a protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Credit:AP

  • On Friday, US President Donald Trump sent a tweet which indicated the military would use armed force with the now censored line, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." He has since continued to criticise the Minneapolis' Democrat governor and mayor.
  • A number of other protests broke out across the US : out the front of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in New York, outside the White House, in Dallas and in Denver.
  • It was also on Friday that Mr Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter in relation to Mr Floyd's death. He is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St Paul on $US500,000 bail.
Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.

Thousands of demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Friday.Credit:AP

It is now Sunday in the US and at least 25 cities have been placed under curfew. The death toll is understood to be at four, after two people were shot dead in Saturday's protest at Indianapolis. CNN reports 5000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states.

Over the weekend, the protests have spread internationally, including to London, Berlin and Toronto, attracting the world's attention.

Australians warned to avoid protests on Smartraveller website

Australians in the US have been warned to avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of American authorities after violent protests, looting and arson erupted coast-to-coast in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

The mass deployment of police and National Guard troops and curfews in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other major cities failed to halt lawlessness.

"There are protests taking place in a number of US cities and some have announced curfews," the Australian government's Smartraveller travel advice site warned.

"Some protests have turned violent. Avoid large gatherings. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media."

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Eleven arrested at London protests

Eleven people, the youngest aged 17, have been arrested by police outside the US embassy in London following largely peaceful protests on Sunday.

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square in London Sunday, May 31, 2020.

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square in London Sunday, May 31, 2020.Credit:PA

Metropolitan Police tweeted first that a group of five, and then an additional group of six, were arrested at the protest. A number of protesters were arrested for breaching COVID-19 legislation on social distancing.

Trump criticises Democrat Philadephia, tells state to call in National Guard

US President Donald Trump has continued to criticise Democrat-run cities for their response to the protests and increasing criminal behaviour, now turning his attention to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Trump called on the state to bring in the National Guard in a series of tweets on Sunday, as Philadelphia announced an earlier curfew.

Twenty-three US cities are now under curfew, after Dallas, Texas, announced a 7pm to 6am curfew on Sunday.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said at a press conference that the curfew would be in place "for the next several days", remarking: "We're not taking about protesters, we're talking about criminals."

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George Floyd's death in US police custody sparks outpouring of solidarity from protesters around the globe - ABC News

From London to Berlin, people around the globe have begun marching in solidarity with American's protesters who have taken to the streets following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The images of burning cars and riot police in the US featured on newspaper front pages around the globe on Sunday — bumping news of the COVID-19 pandemic to second-tier status in some places.

Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on May 25 in the mid-western city of Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes while restraining him. Mr Floyd repeatedly told the officer he could not breathe.

It was the latest in a series of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police in America stretching over decades.

Thousands gathered in central London on Sunday to offer support to American demonstrators.

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Police watched a protest in London's Trafalgar Square against the death in police custody of African-American man George Floyd.(Reuters: John Sibley)

Chanting "No justice! No peace!" and waving placards with the words "How many more?" at Trafalgar Square, the protesters ignored UK Government rules banning crowds as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Demonstrators then marched to the US embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building.

Several hundred protesters milled around in the street and waved placards.

Protesters in Denmark also converged on its US embassy on Sunday, with participants carrying placards with messages such as "Stop killing black people".

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Copenhagen's protesters took their demonstration to the US embassy.(Reuters via Ritzau Scanpix: Ida Guldbaek Arentsen)

The US embassy in Berlin was the scene of protests on Saturday under the motto: "Justice for George Floyd".

Several hundred more people took to the streets Sunday in the capital's Kreuzberg area, carrying signs with slogans like "Silence is violence," "Hold cops accountable," and "Who do you call when police murder?"

A woman holds a megaphone while wearing a white singlet that reads 'let us breathe', in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Berlin's protesters marched past the Brandenburg Gate en route to the US embassy.

Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday carried the sensational headline "This killer-cop set America ablaze" with an arrow pointing to a photo of now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder in Mr Floyd's death, with his knee on Mr Floyd's neck.

The newspaper's story reported "scenes like out of a civil war".

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In Italy, the Corriere della Sera newspaper's senior US correspondent, Massimo Gaggi, wrote that the reaction to Mr Floyd's killing was "different" than previous cases of black Americans killed by police and the ensuing violence.

He also noted the Minnesota Governor's warning that "anarchist and white supremacy groups were trying to fuel the chaos".

In Australia, a number of protests and vigils in the wake of Mr Floyd's death have been planned for this week.

Meanwhile, Lebanese anti-Government protesters flooded social media with tweets sympathetic to US protesters, using the hashtag #Americarevolts, which became the country's top-trending topic within 24 hours.

Authoritarian states capitalise on American unrest

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In countries with authoritarian governments, state-controlled media have been highlighting the chaos and violence of the US demonstrations, in part to undermine American officials' criticism of their own nations.

In China — a country whose rulers have previously overseen the massacre of pro-democracy protesters and presently stands accused of carrying out the largest imprisonment of people on the basis of religion since the holocaust — the unrest is being used to support Beijing's repeated demands that other countries not interfere in its affairs.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-owned tabloid Global Times, used the unrest to condemn Washington's criticism of Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong's anti-government protests.

Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, pointed out America's racial unrest by tweeting "I can't breathe" — a phrase spoken by Mr Floyd repeatedly before his death.

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In Iran — which has violently put down nationwide demonstrations by killing hundreds, arresting thousands and disrupting internet access to the outside world — one state TV message accused US police agencies in Washington of "setting fire to cars and attacking protesters", without offering any evidence.

Russia, a state Human Rights Watch has labelled "more repressive than it has ever been in the post-Soviet era", accused the US of "systemic problems in the human rights sphere".

"This incident is far from the first in a series of lawless conduct and unjustified violence from US law enforcement," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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