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US states clamp down on protests against Floyd’s death

Washington: Some 5,000 US National Guard troops were deployed in major states and as many as 40 cities across the US imposed curfews in reposnse to the protests against the death of an African-American man in police custody.

The troopers would assist law enforcement officers in the states who are in charge of security in the face of riots, and “thousands more stand ready if needed”, Xinhua news agency quoted the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel as saying in a tweet on Sunday.

Violence and protests erupted in various US cities since May 25, when George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe”, and “please, I can’t breathe”.

Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Nearly 1,400 people have been arrested during the protests in 17 cities since May 28. But the actual number is likely higher as protests continued over the weekend.

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