George Floyd killing: Protesters start fire near White House, police use tear gas

Several cities of the United States of America are witnessing widespread protests against the death of George Floyd, a black man at the hands of a Minnesota policeman

Smoke billowing from the vicinity of the White House where protesters have started fires. Photo: Twitter

Police fired tear gas outside the White House after rioters started fires outside the premises on the third (Sunday) night of demonstrations held in response to the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota.

An hour before the 11 p.m. curfew, police fired a major barrage of tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people, largely clearing Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and scattering protesters into the street.

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Protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a raging fire in the middle of H Street.

Some pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the blaze. Others added branches pulled from trees. A cinder block structure, on the north side of the park, that had bathrooms and a maintenance office, was engulfed in flames.

Several miles north, a separate protest broke out in Northwest DC, near the Maryland border.
The Metropolitan Police Department says there were break-ins at a Target and a shopping centre that houses Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Mens Store, TJ Maxx, a movie theatre and specialty stores. Police say several individuals have been detained.

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