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    Protesters have hit the streets in Washington DC, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and many other cities across the United States for a sixth day in over the death of black man George Floyd. Multiple clashes have been reported, with several officers killed amid the unrest, according to authorities. 

    Demonstrations have continued in Minneapolis after the National Guard dispersed protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, in Chicago, over 200 rioters were arrested and more than 20 officers injured on Sunday. In Washington DC, a curfew was imposed after hundreds of protested gathered in the centre of DC.

    Hundreds of New Yorkers took to peaceful demonstrations in Manhattan, after between 300 and 350 arrests were made on Saturday.

    Approximately 5,000 US National Guard troops are currently deployed in over a dozen US states, after governors asked for support amid the ongoing unrest.

    The nationwide protests erupted after a video emerged online, showing Floyd pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin, before becoming unresponsive and later dying at a local hospital. According to a release by the Minneapolis Police Department, the man appeared to be under the influence and physically resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him. All four officers involved were fired, while Chauvin has now been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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    • 10:15

      Kremlin Sees Unrest in US as Country's Domestic Affair, Follows Developments Closely

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Kremlin is following the news about the protests in the United States closely, but regards the matter as the country's domestic affair, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

      "Undoubtedly, we follow closely what is happening in the United States, but what is happening there is the internal affair of that country, we have never interfered in the American affairs and are not planning to do that now", he told reporters.

    • 09:47

      Moscow Denies Ex-US National Security Adviser's Claims of Russia's Role in US Unrest

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Groundless claims about Russia's involvement in the currently ongoing unrest in the United States are nothing but dirty methods and manipulation of information, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Monday, commenting on a recent statement by ex-US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

      Zakharova said that the team of former US President Barack Obama was trying to persuade "the whole world" that the US' domestic problems were "created and aggravated by Russia".

      "You are trying to repeat this mistake today, resorting, together with a CNN reporter, to dirty methods of information manipulation: fake statements and no facts to substantiate them. Your interview with CNN is propaganda", Zakharova wrote on Facebook. "Are you trying to use 'the Russian card' again? You have been playing for too long, come back to reality. Come to your people, look in their eyes and say that Russians are managing them via YouTube and Facebook".

    • 07:50

      Over 60 Secret Service Officers and Agents Injured Amid Protests

    • 06:30

      Man Who Drove Truck Into Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis Charged With Assault, Reports Suggest

      Protesters hand over to police the driver (C) of a tanker truck who drove into hundreds of protesters marching on 35W northbound highway during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

      Man Who Drove Truck Into Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis Charged With Assault, Reports Suggest

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The tanker truck driver who rammed into a crowd of protesters in the US city of Minneapolis has been charged with assault, CNN reported on Monday, citing authorities.
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    • 06:02

      Washington Protester Says Demonstrations in Memory of Floyd to Continue Until Racism Stops

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Rallies in memory of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody in Minnesota, will continue until racism stops, a protester in Washington told Sputnik on Sunday, adding that the black community in the United States wants equal treatment.

      "We are tired of the socio and economic pressure black people and people of colour have been going through in this country. So, we are doing everything that we can peacefully right now to make sure the president [Donald Trump] hears our message. All we want is equality … For too long, black people have been treated less like, we have been treated like nothing … We are out here because we are tired … Until the racism ends, this movement will not", the protester said in the midst of a rally in the US capital.

    • 05:41

      Mayor de Blasio's Daughter Chiara Arrested at Manhattan Protests, Reports Suggest

    • 05:38

      Sixth Night of George Floyd Riots: Unparalleled Unrest Boils Over Into Utter Destruction Across US

      'Black Lives Matter': Washington, DC in Flames as George Floyd Riots Rage on

      Sixth Night of George Floyd Riots: Unparalleled Unrest Boils Over Into Utter Destruction Across US

      The worst civil unrest in decades erupted in cities across the US this weekend as anger sparked by the death of an African American man in Minneapolis police custody last Monday touched off riots nationwide and well beyond the country's borders.
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    • 03:57

      St. John’s Episcopal Church set on fire in Washington DC

    • 03:11

      Several people injured as police push back protesters in Washington DC, Sputnik correspondent reports

    • 02:40

      Protesters start up fire near White House

    • 01:56

      Police Use Tear Gas as Protesters Gather Outside White House

      Thousands of demonstrators are gathered in Washington DC less than two hours ahead of the planned curfew, police have already used tear gas against the protesters, a Sputnik correspondent The Sunday evening protest in the US capital appears to be the largest George Floyd gathering in DC. The demonstrators have accumulated near the White House, in front of a fence that separates them from the police cordon, and are chanting "Don’t shoot."

      Many of the demonstrators are holding signs saying "No Justice - No Peace" and "White Silence Is Violence." Some of the protesters threw water bottles and other objects at law enforcement officers who responded by using tear gas, according to the Sputnik correspondent.

      Protesters kindle fire near White House

      Police Use Tear Gas as Protesters Gather Outside White House, Burn Fires - Videos

      The Sunday evening protest in the US capital appears to be the largest George Floyd gathering in DC. The protesters have accumulated near the White House in front of a fence that separates them from a police cordon.
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    • 00:34

      At Least 240 People Arrested During George Floyd Protest in Chicago

      At least 240 people were arrested in Chicago during the Saturday George Floyd protests, and more than 20 police officers were injured, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.

      "We should be proud, proud of our police officers who stood shoulder to shoulder and showed great restraint amid these conditions," Brown said at a press conference, broadcast by Chicago police on Twitter. "Let me be clear, last night was not a protest. The people that came downtown were not there to exercise their First Amendment rights," Brown said.

      According to the police chief, the protesters came out into the streets to loot and damage property. "This was a mob destroying everything in sight," Brown said.

      According to Brown, Chicago police arrested at least 240 people on Saturday, after protests spread throughout the downtown area. More than 20 police officers were wounded, at least two of them sustained injuries that required hospitalization and surgery.

      Brown said he had the support of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to use "every tool at our disposal to put an end to these violent acts."

    • 23:50

      Watch LIVE: George Floyd protest in New York City and Minneapolis

      A pepper-sprayed woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Protests Continue in Minneapolis Over George Floyd's Death - Video

      Earlier this week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called up the National Guard to help deal with civil unrest. This is the first time in 12 years that the Guard has been deployed in the state.
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      A pepper-sprayed woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota

      George Floyd Protest in New York City - Video

      Public unrest has been shaking the United States since 26 May, after an African-American man died following being detained by four police officers in Minneapolis.
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    • 23:46

      DC Mayor Imposes Curfew Until Monday Morning, Activates National Guard Amid Protests

      Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is imposing a curfew in the US capital starting from late Sunday until Monday morning amid George Floyd protests.

    • 23:26

      Semitrailer drives through protesters on interstate near downtown Minneapolis

      Protesters scale a truck that was driven into a rally  against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, U.S., May 31, 2020.

      Tanker Truck Drives Into Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis - Videos

      Minneapolis citizens have been demonstrating non-stop following the death of black resident George Floyd. The protests turned violent at some point, with rioters engaging in clashes with police officers, smashing and setting vehicles on fire, and even stealing from local businesses.
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    • 23:11

      Reports of looting in Santa Monica, California emerge on social media

    • 22:23

      London Police Arrest 23 People During Gathering in Solidarity With George Floyd Protests

      Police arrested 23 people in London on Sunday during a demonstration in front of the US embassy where people gathered to show solidarity with George Floyd protesters across the United States, London's Metropolitan Police Service said.

    • 21:53

      Arizona Governor Declares State-Wide Curfew Over George Floyd Protests

      Arizona declared a state-wide curfew and emergency for a one-week period amid ongoing anti-racism protests across the United States after an unarmed African American man, George Floyd, died in police custody in Minnesota, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said on Sunday.

    • 21:45

      Atlanta, Chicago Prolong Curfews as Unrest Continues Across US

      Atlanta and Chicago in the United States extended night curfews on Sunday continuing through the next day's sunrise.

      Protesters in Atlanta

      Atlanta, Chicago Prolong Curfews as Unrest Continues Across US

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Atlanta and Chicago in the United States extended night curfews on Sunday to stem rioting that broke out after the in-custody death of George Floyd.
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    • 19:11

      Berlin Joins Protests Over Floyd's Death - Photos

    • 18:52

      Denver Police Detain Over 80 People for Violating Curfew

    • 18:31

      Metropolitan Police Made 17 Arrests in Washington During Night of Protests

    • 18:18

      Protesters in Trafalgar Square Chant 'No Justice, No Peace' - Video

    • 18:17

      Hundreds Take to Trafalgar Square Kneeling, Chanting 'I Can’t Breathe' for George Floyd - Video

      People react during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain, May 31, 2020.

      Hundreds Take to Trafalgar Square Kneeling, Chanting 'I Can’t Breathe' for George Floyd - Video

      Brits have been circulating protest posters on social media, announcing demonstrations for the coming week, as US states have increasingly been taking top security measures to ease social unrest in the wake of an unarmed black man's killing in Minneapolis.
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    • 18:10

      National Guard Should Be Used in Other States Before It's Too Late - Trump

      Members of the National Guard secure the area during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 29, 2020.

      Trump to Designate Antifa as Terrorist Organisation, Urges States to Use National Guard to Stop Them

      The US has for five days straight been seeing countrywide protests over the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, forcing some state governors to call in the National Guard to stop the looting, vandalism, and violence.
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    • 18:05

      Minnesota Governor Extends Curfew by a Day After Fifth Night of Violence

    • 16:15

      NYPD Officer Pepper-Sprays Peaceful Protester in New York

      A New York Police Department officer was caught on camera on Sunday pulling down a peaceful protester's mask and pepper-spraying him in the face as he stood with his hands up.

      New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson shared the video, saying the police action was "inexcusable".

    • 16:14

      RIA Novosti Reporter Feeling OK After Minneapolis Police Pepper-Spray Attack

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A reporter with the RIA Novosti news agency, who was pepper-sprayed overnight by police in the US city of Minneapolis, said Sunday he was doing fine.

      "Everything is OK. The burning sensation is gone. No damage has been done to the eyes", Mikhail Turgiyev said.

      The journalist was attacked along with a television crew of the VICE magazine after protesters were dispersed. He said he had identified himself as a member of the press.

      The Russian Foreign Ministry said this act of police brutality was uncalled-for. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz later apologised to all journalists who were assaulted during what was the fifth night of violence in Minneapolis sparked by the death in custody of unarmed black man George Floyd.

    • 15:30

      Biden Condemns Violence During George Floyd Protests

      "Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not",  Joe Biden, a former US Vice President and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for the November election said in a statement.

      The politician called on US citizens to use their pain and anger to bring the country to "the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy".

    • 15:29

      NYPD Detained About 350 People During Protests on Saturday, Commissioner Says

    • 15:18

      Trump's National Security Adviser Denies Systemic Racism Among Police Force

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien denied on Sunday that there was "systemic racism" in the police force.

      "No, I don't think there's systemic racism. I think 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans", O'Brien said on CNN's State of the Union show.

      He argued that there were some "bad apples" among police officers who were racist, giving the impression of widespread racism among police forces.

      "There is no doubt that there are some racist police, I think they are the minority. I think they are the few bad apples and we need to root them out", O'Brien added.

    • 14:26

      Protesters in US Cities Target Confederate Monuments

    • 14:00

      Stop Racism: K-Pop Stars Support Black Lives Matter Movement

      A man holds up a sign during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd in front of the US Embassy, London, Britain.

      Stop Racism: K-Pop Stars Support Black Lives Matter Movement

      Different stars have expressed their regret with the current situation in the United States and urged an end to the violence.
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    • 13:51

      VIPs on the Frontline: List of Celebrities Joining George Floyd Protests

      A NYPD police officer sprays protesters as they clash during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020.

      VIPs on the Frontline: List of Celebrities Joining George Floyd Protests

      Authorities in the United States recently introduced curfews in order to curb violent protests that have been raging across the country since 26 May. One of the cities hardest hit by the unrest is Los Angeles, where California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency.
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    • 13:51

      Moscow Strongly Condemns Use of Riot Control Weapons Against Reporters by US Police

      Moscow Strongly Condemns Use of Riot Control Weapons Against Reporters by US Police

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow views the deliberate spraying of a tear substance by Minneapolis police at the face of a RIA Novosti correspondent as a manifestation of unjustified brutality, and considers the use of riot control weapons by US law enforcement officers against journalists to be unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
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    • 13:27

      Trump Not Planning to Invoke Federal Authority Over the National Guard for Now - National Security Adviser O'Brien

      "We're not going to federalise the Guard at this time", Robert O'Brien told reporters. According to him, the decision on the issue should be up to governors and mayors.

    • 13:14

      Activists Gather in Trafalgar Square to Protest Over George Floyd's Death - Video

      People holds signs during a protest in Trafalgar Square

      Activists Gather in Trafalgar Square to Protest Over George Floyd's Death - Video

      On 25 May, George Floyd was detained outside a corner store in Minneapolis and police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes. Floyd repeatedly said that he could not breathe and eventually became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Centre about an hour later.
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    • 13:09

      Police Officer Stabbed in Neck During Protests in Jacksonville, Florida - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A police officer was stabbed in the neck during a George Floyd protest in the US city of Jacksonville, CNN reported on Sunday, citing the local sheriff.

      According to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, the officer was "stabbed or slashed in the neck and is currently in the hospital".

      Williams added that rioters threw rocks and bricks at other law enforcement officers during the protests late on Saturday and that many protesters had been detained.

      Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, in turn, told reporters that the protest initially began as a peaceful sit-in with about 1,200 people, but turned violent after respectful families left.

      "We're not going to tolerate it in our city or let our city burn to the ground", Curry was quoted as saying by CNN.

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