The Killing of George Floyd: Minneapolis Burning

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More fires, arrests and conflict as Minneapolis erupts into a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody.

George Floyd died on Monday after a policeman kneeled on his neck so that he could not breathe. The Minnesota city has since seen buildings and cars turn to embers as demonstrators express their anger. Local businesses have been looted, with some protesters using the looted products to give to other protesters in need.

The police station close to where Floyd was arrested has been the epicenter of the unrest. Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowd, but the station was set on fire as well as two other nearby buildings.

Donald Trump tweeted that the protesters were ‘dishonoring’ George Floyd’s memory, threatening to send the National Guard to intervene. One of the US president’s tweets has since been censored by Twitter, on the grounds it ‘glorifies violence.’ President Trump has blamed the unrest on a ‘lack of leadership’ from ‘radical leftist mayor,’ Jacob Frey.

There have also been demonstrations in other US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix and Memphis.

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