Curfews announced in several US cities after anti-police riots
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Curfews were imposed in several US cities like Los Angeles, Philadephia, and Atlanta on Sunday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man after a video of him gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck went viral on the Internet.
LA, Atlanta, and Chicago were among two dozen cities where people were ordered to stay indoors overnights as National Guard soldiers stepped in to control the civil unrest.
From Los Angeles to Miami to Chicago, protests marked by chants of "I can't breathe" began peacefully before turning unruly, reported news agency Reuters.
The protestors demanded tougher murder charges and more arrests over the death of the Floyd who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for around nine minutes.
The demonstrators set fires and clashed with police, blocked traffic. Tear gas and plastic bullets were used in an effort to restore order.
The sight of protesting flooding streets fueled a sense of crisis in the US after weeks of lockdown amid coronavirus, which has seen over 40 million in the US losing jobs and the economy entering into a recession.
Hundreds of demonstrators assembled in the nation's capital near the justice department headquarters shouting," black lives matter."
Later, many of them moved to the White House, where they faced off with shield-carrying police, some mounted on horseback.
On Saturday, US President Donald Trump has said that if the protestors who gathered the night before in Lafayette Square, across White House had breached the fence, "they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen."
Joe Biden, Democratic party candidate in race to US Presidential elections 2020, said, "Protesting such brutality is right and necessary," as quoted by AFP.
"But burning down communities and needless destruction is not," he added.
(with agency inputs)
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