White House: Riots settle at the gates and Donald Trump takes refuge in his bunker
Thousands of people they manifested once again this Sunday in numerous cities in the United States against him racism and police violence, on another day marked by riots. The rage unleashed in the country following the death in Minneapolis Monday of a 46-year-old black citizen George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer quickly spread across the country.
In front of the White House in Washington, the police released tear gas to disperse protesters who had defied the curfew imposed in the capital.
In addition, on Monday it has been known that the Secret Service, in charge of the security of the US president, protected Donald Trump in the underground bunker of the White House last Friday of the protests that took place outside the compound, local media have reported and Afp reports.
The New York Times indicates that the president was taken to the bunker on Friday night while the protesters put Secret Service agents on the ropes trying to protect the metal barriers installed in front of the fence that surrounds the presidential residence.
According to CNN, Trump was in the bunker near an hour before returning to the sector of the White House that serves as his residence, while outside the protesters threw stones and had skirmishes with the agents. Neither media has clarified whether the first lady Melania Trump and her son Barron They accompanied the President in the bunker.
To prevent further unrest, thousands of soldiers from the National Guard were deployed in 15 states and in Washington, and a curfew was established in several cities besides the capital, including Houston and Los Angeles.
In Saint Paul, city next to Minneapolis, epicenter of the movement, thousands of people demonstrated on Sunday afternoon against racism and in demand that All police officers involved in Floyd’s death are held to account.
At the moment, only one of them, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is the agent featured in the video of Floyd’s arrest, which went viral on social media.
In the recording you can see how digs his knee into Floyd’s neck for long minutes while the victim, immobilized face down, complains of not being able to breathe. Chauvin will appear in court for the first time on Monday in this case.
Several local managers they claimed to understand the reasons for popular anger, but they urged protesters to remain calm before the sixth night of protests. “We have black children, black brothers, black friends, we don’t want them to die. We are tired of this being repeated, this generation will not be swept away. We are fed up with oppression, ”protester Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old black woman, told AFP in Saint-Paul.
Other demonstrations took place in Washington, Miami, and New York. Black Lives Matter (“Black lives are worth it”), “I can’t breathe” (the last words spoken by George Floyd) are the most chanted slogans in the protests.
The former vice president and Democratic candidate for the November elections, Joe BidenHe said he attended a rally against racism in his state, Delaware, on Saturday.
The deployment of security forces did not prevent looting from several stores in a luxury shopping center in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles County.
Please come home early, stay home (…) We must return to the urgent, which is the construction of justice, don’t burn a city, “said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on the CNN news channel.
In Philadelphia, on the east coast, more than 50 people were arrested accused of looting since Saturday, police said. Despite the police presence, the violence took hold on Saturday night from cities like New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Seattle, Des Moines, Memphis, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Portland, Chicago and the capital.
There were road cuts and vehicle and business fires, while police officers, deployed in large numbers, responded with tear gas and in some cases with rubber bullets.
President Donald Trump, who faces the most important civil disorders of his mandate while the country is severely affected by the covid-19 pandemicHe promised “to stop collective violence” and denounced the “radical left extremists”, in particular the “Antifa” (anti-fascist) movement, which he will include in the list of terrorist organizations, as announced.
On Sunday, he retweeted a message from a conservative radio presenter saying: “This will not stop until good people are willing to use overwhelming force against the bad guys.”
The Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms He compared the current situation on numerous occasions to the Charlottesville clashes, where clashes between white supremacists and anti-fascists caused one death and dozens of injuries in August 2017. Trump then commented that there were “very good people” on both sides.
“The president makes things worse,” the mayor told CBS.
Trump “must unite our country (…), not stoke the fire,” Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, told ABC.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan He was one of the athletes who showed their support for the protesters. “I am with those who are denouncing entrenched racism and violence against people of color in our country,” he said. “We have had enough.”
The protests have spread to several cities abroad. In London, hundreds of people marched on Sunday to the cry of “Without justice there is no peace,” one of the slogans of the American rallies.
And in Montreal, some 10,000 people marched peacefully in the city center, before a group of people fired projectiles at the police, which responded with tear gas.