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"I can't breathe" Protests in Minneapolis spreads throughout the US

  • “I can’t breathe” protests in Minneapolis has intensified after the killing of a black person named George Floyd by a white police officer (named Derek Chauvin), who pinned the victim down to the road by the neck with his knees for more than 8 ½ minutes. The massive demonstration and following chaos have spread on Friday night and early Saturday morning throughout several cities across the US. In Minneapolis, thousands of demonstrators ignored the night-time curfew of the city and encircled a police station where George Floyd died. The demonstrators at a “We can’t breathe” rally in lower Manhattan demanded to outlaw the police “chokehold”, which has till now killed many people (especially another black person named Eric Garner back in 2014). The protest has spread to Detroit (Michigan), Denver (Colorado), Atlanta (Georgia), Houston (Texas), Louisville (Tennessee), New York, Washington DC and many other places across the US. In Detroit, a 19-year-old man has died after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has announced that the white police Officer Derek Chauvin (who killed George Floyd) along with 3 other police officers have been charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. Early Saturday, a state of emergency has been declared by Georgia's governor to activate the state National Guard as protests and violence spread across the state. In a number of cities in the US, authorities have asked the army to put military police units on standby. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has said that the demonstration currently is not about “George Floyd's death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color” but abject violence. He went on to say that it is the first time since World War II that the state is going to mobilize the National Guard to restore order and reduce the loss of life. Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Junior’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, in an impassioned speech in Atlanta, urged tens and thousands of protesters to take the path of non-violence “to deal with the evil of our time.”