Protests spread in US following arrestee's death

By MAY ZHOU in Houston | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-06-01 06:50
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A man confronts police during a protest of the death of George Floyd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, on May 31, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon, who was out of town to attend to his dying mother, had to return to the city on Friday to deal with the violence.

"Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything. This isn't calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting," Wheeler tweeted.

In Philadelphia, 13 police officers were injured by protesters and at least four police cars were set on fire. At least six people were arrested.

In New York City, trash was set on fire and a police van was attacked by people who sprayed paint on it and broke the windows. The New York Police Department had made more than two dozen arrests related to the protests by Saturday evening.

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