USA: Flames erupt in Minneapolis amid growing protests over George Floyd's death

Minneapolis firefighters extinguished several fires across the city as protests over George Floyd's death escalated overnight. On Thursday, firefighters worked on extinguishing a fire at a store at Syndicate Street. Minneapolis has entered the fourth day of protests over George Floyd's death, a black man who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a police officer was recorded kneeling on his neck for nearly ten minutes. Floyd was recorded pleading with the officers with his final words, saying «I can't breathe» and «don't kill me.» Chauvin, the policeman who forcefully kneeled on the victim's neck, was fired along with the three other officers involved in the altercation. In a collection of tweets on Thursday night, US President Donald Trump first confirmed that the Minnesota National Guard has been activated, deploying over 500 troops, before making an outlandish remark regarding the protesters. In a later tweet, he called the protesters «thugs» and stated that «when the looting starts, the shooting starts,» raising fears of more violence in the coming days. The tweet was flagged by the social media platform as «glorifying violence.»

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