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Protests continue across the U.S.

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/01/20, 06:52 am

Despite curfews and mass security deployments, demonstrators in several cities across the country continued to set fires, throw rocks, and break into businesses on Sunday night. Police have arrested at least 4,400 people nationwide since the unrest began on Tuesday. Among the arrested is a driver of a tanker truck who drove toward demonstrators on a highway in Minneapolis, where the protests began after African American George Floyd died in police custody there on May 25. Police in Washington, D.C., on Sunday fired tear gas and stun grenades into a gathering of more than 1,000 protesters outside the White House. Earlier in the day, peaceful protesters gathered on the streets of Albuquerque and a few other cities, saying theft and vandalism weakened calls for justice.

Has the unrest extended to other countries? Thousands of demonstrators gathered in central London on Sunday and marched to the U.S. Embassy, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” Similar demonstrations took place outside the American embassies in Berlin and Denmark. In Brazil, the protests evolved into an outcry against police treatment of black working-class Brazilians.

Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report on Minneapolis churches praying for healing.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report to clarify the actions of a driver of a tanker truck in Minneapolis on Sunday.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 06:20 pm

    Interesting that they close down our churches but they don't stop the protesters. I thought we were in a pandemic where normal rights were being denied such as religious liberty and freedom to assemble!  I guess "race" rights trump religious rights! 

  • McMed
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 11:29 am

    People rioting and looting are not protestors.

  • AV
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 11:45 am

    Did the truck driver really "ram" into protesters?

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 08:36 pm

    We have updated the report to clarify the incident in Minneapolis with the driver of the tanker truck.

  • Minnesota Tom
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 02:15 pm

    According to the Star Tribune, local newspaper in Minneapolis, the driver did not "ram" into anyone.  NO one has been reported injured by the incident.

    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 04:18 pm

    No but I'm sure the media will repeat the wrong message so the destroyers have a "reason" to riot again.


  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 08:36 pm

    We have updated the report to clarify the incident in Minneapolis with the driver of the tanker truck.

    Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 04:09 pm

    NAACP should pay for all the damage. They are behind it all.

    "Protests" held at night are only to loot and destroy businesses. Businesses are not responsible for the actions of officers.

    What does it accomplish? They just let them keep destroying until our entire country is in shambles?

    They targeted malls. Who transported all those destroyers? Are they even Americans?

    There is something seriously wrong.

    They sent messages out on FACEBOOK. Did FACEBOOK shut those people down? 

    I saw a message sent through our neighborhood link and someone deleted it. 

    The media should not give them so much air time.

    So many places they have destroyed in the past have not recovered.