The demonstrations after the death of African American George Floyd are getting out of control in the United States. Donald Trump announces military operations and uses tear gas - for a photo.
- African American George Floyd was killed in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis.
- Since then, protests against racism and police violence have escalated in several US cities.
- A truck crashed into a crowd on Sunday evening.
Update of June 2, 1:12 p.m .: Australia is now on the scene: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Tuesday that the Australian embassy in Washington had been instructed to investigate an incident with two journalists outside the White House . A reporter from the Australian 7News station and her cameraman had been pushed away by US police officers when she tried to report the protests. Live recordings of the camera are said to show how the reporter is attacked by an officer with a truncheon and the cameraman is slapped in the face - the two are also said to have been attacked with rubber bullets . The incident had sparked outrage in Australia - theGovernment is considering an official complaint .
Protests in Sydney after George Floyd's death: Australia investigates an incident involving two journalists in Washington
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Update of June 2, 11:37 a.m .: During the night, protests continued in the United States * - while riots continued in some places, many demonstrations remained peaceful. So directly in front of the official seat of US President Donald Trump . But this did not prevent Trump from using tear gas against the demonstrators in a public appearance .
In a speech on Monday, he acknowledged the riots that citizens were rightly outraged at George Floyd's toid. But then he called the riots "acts of domestic terror" and announced that he would send "thousands of heavily armed soldiers" and police officers to the capital Washington to prevent "rioting, looting and vandalism".
Immediately afterwards, he confirmed doubts about the proportionality of these missions: He had himself - with a Bible in hand - photographed in front of a chapel smeared with graffiti by protesters. On the way there, security forces in front of him use tear gas against peaceful demonstrators - to clear his way to the photo shoot.
The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called on Twitter to act against Trump. He wrote: “He uses the military against his own vol. He used tear gas - for a photo.
He's using the American military against the American people.
He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets.
For a photo.
For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him. But I mean it when I say this: we can only do it together. https://t.co/G1yE67q9Nz
On Instagram, numerous stars are now also setting an example against racism . Among others, Jerome Boateng , Lena Meyer-Landrut , Stefanie Giesinger and Rihanna protested under the hashtag "#blackoututesday" .
George Floyd's death causes protests: demonstrations attract up to 6,000 people in New York
Update of June 1, 8:30 pm: After renewed mass protests in New York, a night curfew is also being considered in the metropolis. "We have to see this as an opportunity," said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday. Even Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to talk to the mayor about it.
The protests are against police violence, brutality and injustice against black people. The trigger was the death of 46-year-old Floyd during a police operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday last week. At least 40 cities in the United States have curfew at night.
Mass protests had already taken place in New York for the fourth consecutive night. Up to 6,000 people took part in the protests, particularly in the Manhattan and Brooklyn districts , according to local media, citing authorities. Most of the protests were peaceful. However, some demonstrators would have thrown glass bottles and garbage at police officers, smashed window panes, ransacked shops, set cars on fire and set fire to trash cans. The Manhattan Bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan has been temporarily closed.
In Minneapolis , on the other hand, the unrest has subsided, according to official information. "For the second night in a row, we had safety and order on our streets," Minnesota governor Tim Walz said at a press conference on Monday. "It has been a very tough week." Walz announced that the National Guard's presence would be reduced.
George Floyd's death - Despite protests in the United States: Trump shies away from speaking to the nation
Update of June 1, 6.40 p.m .: Donald Trump has already commented on Twitter several times about the violent death of black US citizen George Floyd - and not always de-escalating, as the opposition criticizes. The US President apparently shrinks from addressing the nation. Although the country is experiencing violent unrest at times (see below).
"A national address from the Oval Office will not stop Antifa," spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told Trump's house broadcaster Fox News on Monday . "What will stop Antifa is action." Trump has also made public statements about the incidents.
Trump blames radical leftist groups for riots in these protests and has announced that Antifa will be classified as a terrorist organization. He left details open. He also did not provide evidence of his blame. At the same time, he repeatedly called on democratic mayors and governors to crack down.
McEnany said Trump wanted to restore law and order. He therefore supports the deployment of the National Guard in the affected states and is taking action against Antifa. She stressed that there are also many peaceful demonstrators who have the right to protest. "We have to distinguish this violent Antifa from those demonstrators who have legitimate complaints."
Police violence: George Floyd's death also causes protest demos in Germany
Update June 1, 13:46: Also in Germany who has violent death of African American George Floyd during a brutal police operation in the United States triggered protests . According to police reports, around 1,500 participants marched through Kreuzberg in Berlin on Sunday to demonstrate against police violence. Around 2,000 people protested in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Saturday.
And also in Munich up to 350 people took part in a spontaneous demonstration on Saturday evening. The local police announced on Monday. The protests went peacefully in both Berlin and Munich .
Protests in the USA are getting out of control - numerous arrests in major cities
Update of June 1, 1:11 p.m .: In some US cities, the protests are getting out of control after the violent death of African American George Floyd . According to police, seven emergency services were injured and taken to hospital in Boston. There were about 40 arrests there.
In New York , too, looting and numerous arrests occurred after a demonstration against racism and police violence. Among those arrested was also a daughter of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio . In other cities, police officers sought talks with the demonstrators, the CNN broadcaster said . In Houston, police chief Art Acevedo carried out the gesture of solidarity with victims of racist violence, which has come to be known as a kind of kneeling.
Protesters flee a protest against police violence and racism in Manhattan.
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After Georg Floyd's death: wife of ex-police officer files for divorce
Floyd had died on Monday evening a week after a police operation. One of the four police officers had pressed his knee up to his neck for minutes . The policeman, who has since lost his job and is accused of murder, ignored requests by the dark-skinned man to let him breathe. His wife has since filed for divorce.
Update of June 1, 2020, 11:07 a.m .: The numerous demonstrations after the death of George Floyd in a brutal police operation sometimes turn into violence in some US cities. Now a son of the killed African American has called for violence to be avoided in the ongoing protests in the USA . Quincy Mason Floyd appealed to the demonstrators in a TV interview with the CNN subsidiary KBTX to remain peaceful. At the same time, the man who lives in Bryan, Texas, said he was very concerned about his father's death. “Everyone comes and shows love. My heart is very touched by all of this, ”he said to the broadcaster.
"Everyone is coming out and showing him love ... My heart is really touched by all this."
George Floyd's son and daughter praised the peaceful protests in Bryan, Texas, and urged protesters around the country to avoid violence. https://t.co/1XknoYMKx1
Protests after George Floyd's death got out of control
First message from June 1, 2020: Minneapolis / Washington - After the death of African American George Floyd after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis , the protests in the USA are escalating . On the night of Monday (local time), demonstrators took to the streets in several US cities for the sixth time in a row. Some of the protests turned violent.
Protests after the death of George Floyd in the USA: truck races in crowds - driver was arrested
In the metropolis of Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota, a truck crashed into a demonstrating crowd on Sunday evening , reports the German press agency. The vehicle drove around 6 p.m. (local time) on a highway that was officially closed due to the protests. Apparently, people were able to avoid the truck that was honking through the crowd. According to the police, no one was injured in the incident .
Video recordings also show how people tried to pull the driver from the truck, reports Bild.de . He was arrested by the police and then taken to a hospital. So far it is unclear why the man drove into the crowd and how he even got on the cordoned off highway.
The CNN broadcaster also reported that thousands of people took to the streets in New York . There were also riots in Boston and Philadelphia . TV pictures showed burning vehicles in Boston and looting in Philadelphia. Looting has also been reported in the West Coast metropolis of Los Angeles.
Looting occurred in Philadelphia.
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Protests also in Washington - Trump is temporarily put in bunkers
And also in the US capital Washington on Sunday evening (local time) protesters moved outside the White House . There were clashes with the police. Demonstrators kept repeating the phrase "No peace without justice," a dpa reporter reported. According to CNN information, US President Donald Trump * was brought to a bunker for just under an hour on Friday in view of the protests outside the White House .
At least 40 US cities imposed alleging stations nightly curfews , including Washington. According to this, a total of ten million people were affected by the measures. The governor of the State of Arizona, Doug Ducey, took a particularly tough step: he issued a night curfew for the entire week until June 8. The National Guard also mobilized 15 of the 50 states and the Washington state district , CNN said . It is part of the US Armed Forces Reserve and can be called in exceptional states to help in states.
Protesters hold posters near the White House in Washington.
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Trump blames Antifa for the protests after George Floyd's death
Meanwhile , President Trump blamed leftist groups and Antifa for the riots on Sunday *. He also announced that Antifa should be classified as a terrorist organization . Democratic mayors and governors called on Trump to take action after the riots. "Take a harder pace," he said in a Twitter post on Sunday. "These people are anarchists. Call our National Guard now. "
Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO !!!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Medaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis police chief, apologized to the relatives of the late Floyd on Sunday evening. "If there was anything I could do to bring Mr. Floyd back, I would move heaven and earth to do it," said Arradondo at a performance at the place where Floyd was killed.
George Floyd died after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis
The African American died on Monday evening after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis. One of the four police officers involved pushed the knee of the 46-year-old's neck for several minutes, ignoring requests by the African-American to let him breathe. The police chief has now fired the four officers involved . The policeman, who had pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for minutes, is charged with murder .
Philonise Floyd, the dead man's brother, told CNN on Sunday evening that the other three ex-police officers would also be arrested. " I want justice - now, " he said. Meanwhile, the White House announced that Trump would hold a video conference with governors and security officials on Monday at the U.S. government headquarters situation center. It is about how to protect communities in the United States.
You can read all previous news about George Floyd's death and the subsequent demonstrations in our previous news ticker.
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