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Protests after George Floyd's death : "An incredibly dangerous situation"

The curfew didn't help. For the fourth evening in a row, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday. They carry signs with them that read “Don't shoot”, “Am I next?” Or “No peace without justice”, they roar their anger and fear - and the name of the man whose death they take them out onto the street Driven by: George Floyd, the 46-year-old African American who died earlier this week after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis.

The protests not only remain peaceful, in the night clouds of smoke spread over the city on the Mississippi, several cars go up in flames, and businesses are looted once again.

Although Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sent the National Guard on Friday and imposed a curfew from 8 p.m., according to the US broadcaster CNN, little can be seen of soldiers or police officers. But that could change now.

"An incredibly dangerous situation"

At a press conference on Saturday morning, Governor Walz spoke of an "incredibly dangerous situation", of "anarchy", and he admits that he underestimated the situation. “This is not about George's death. This is not about inequalities that were real. This is about chaos that is being caused, ”he says and announces that 1700 soldiers of the National Guard should be ready by Sunday.

Hopes that the unrest would subside with the arrest of one of the four police officers allegedly involved in Floyd's death have not been fulfilled for the time being. The policeman, who is to be charged with murder, had his knee pressed to the African-American's neck for several minutes, although he repeatedly pleaded for help and then passed out.

The scene and Floyd's exclamations "I can't breathe", which have become the motto of the demonstrations, was captured by a passerby on a cell phone video that the authorities are now using as evidence. The 46-year-old died shortly afterwards in a hospital.

Protests in more than 30 cities

The protests against racism and police violence are no longer limited to Minneapolis. Nationwide, on Saturday night, protests, some of which are violent, take place in more than 30 cities in which at least two people are killed.

In Detroit, a 19-year-old protester dies from being shot from a moving vehicle, according to the newspaper "Boston Globe", citing the police there. According to CNN, a police officer is shot dead and another seriously injured in Oakland, California. According to the police, around 7,500 people demonstrated there.

In Atlanta, protesters attacked CNN headquarters, among others. Police officers are attacked, window panes smashed and vehicles set on fire. Atlanta and other cities in the state of Georgia are now in a state of emergency. Around 500 members of the Georgia National Guard will be deployed to protect people and property, said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

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In an emotional address, the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Bottoms, addressed the demonstrators that evening. “If you care about this city, go home,” says the African American. “You bring shame to this city. You bring shame to the lives of George Floyd and everyone else killed in this country. We are better than that. ”This is not the legacy of the civil rights movement in America, but chaos. Violent protests would not change the situation. "If you torch this city, you torch your neighborhood."

Demos in front of the White House too

In the capital Washington, where around half of the population are Afro-American, demonstrations have been called on social networks. Around 5 p.m. (local time), hundreds gather around U Street, a neighborhood that is considered the center of African American history and culture, and then move towards the White House, which is probably also home to President Donald Trump at this time. They keep shouting “I can't breathe” and “No more names”.

Reporters have to hold out in the West Wing

The predominantly young demonstrators also include some non-blacks. For hours, the protests were largely peaceful, even if plastic bottles were thrown in the direction of the emergency services lined up in front of Trump's official residence.

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White House employees are temporarily prohibited from leaving the premises. Around a dozen media representatives, who are also there at the time, also report on Twitter that Secret Service officials have asked them to stay in the West Wing until the situation eases. As the protesters move on towards the Capitol, the lockdown is lifted.

Hours later, many of the protesters return to Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House. When they tried to tear down parts of the spacious barriers around the White House around 3:30 a.m., there was a brief tussle with the security forces. According to the Washington Post, the officials occasionally use tear gas after they have asked the demonstrators to withdraw. As they advance with their protective shields, the protest disperses. It won't have been the last restless night.

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