WASHINGTON: Mass protests continued to grip the United States over the recent killing of an African-American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. According to a report, multiple fires broke out near the White House late on Sunday evening as angry protestors gathered in Washington DC.
Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker on Friday as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington, DC. Trump was in the bunker for nearly an hour, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks.
Melania Trump and 14-year-old son, Barron, also joined the president in the bunker. On Saturday, Trump went to Florida to view the first manned space launched from the US in nearly a decade and later returned to White House under a virtual state of siege.
Protestors remain undeterred by curfews and deployment of National Guards. Demonstrators in Minneapolis, Minnesota persist with their demand that all officers involved in Floyd's death be charged.
The demonstrators had marched through the city’s downtown on Sunday morning, chanting “George Floyd! Say his name!” and “No Justice! No Peace!” Police arrested a few people and the charges failed to put an end to public anger over the death of George Floyd. Mayors of major cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Atlanta imposed curfews and at least 12 states, as well as Washington, activated National Guard troops.
The police fired tear gas near the White House on Sunday night to stop the protesters who had smashed the windows of the famous buildings. The White House went dark, turning off almost all of its external lights. In some other areas, a few hundred protestors peacefully marched through the streets, chanting and carrying placards.