Trump vows forceful response

By MAY ZHOU in Houston, Texas | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-06-02 11:40
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Protesters yell at the police during a stand off in front of the Georgia State Capitol during a protest against the death in Minneapolis in police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Atlanta, Georgia, US June 1, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

The unrest led to thousands of protesters being arrested over the weekend across the US, including Chiara de Blasio, the daughter of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hundreds of law enforcement officers were injured.

The protests and looting continued in New York on Monday night. In the Flatiron District, a Nike store and Best Buy were broken into, according to the New York Post. Stores in Soho were ransacked on Sunday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a one-night curfew starting at 11 pm on Monday.

In Washington, protesters gathered near the White House again Sunday night, forcing Trump to retreat to an underground bunker. Some buildings nearby were set on fire, and several landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial were painted with graffiti following demonstrations, according to the Parks Service.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered another curfew for Monday and Tuesday nights starting at 7 pm.

By Monday, more than half of the states had activated 17,000 National Guard soldiers. More than 40 cities issued curfew orders.

FBI field offices across the country have set up command posts to deal with protests, according to CNN.

Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the FBI's hostage rescue team to assist local police in Washington.

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