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Indian-American becomes ‘hero’ for providing refuge to protesters

New York: Indian-American businessman Rahul Dubey has become a hero on the social media for protecting about 70 people from arrest.

These people had violated curfew in Washington during protests against police brutality.

Dubey waved at these protesters and welcomed them into his home for which he got “a round of applause from protesters and supporters”, ABC TV in Washington reported.

Dubey told the station: “I hope they continue to fight and I hope they go out there today peacefully as they did yesterday. Our country needs them and needs you and everybody more than ever right now.”

NBC TV said he took dozens of protesters into his “home overnight after police boxed them in and tried to arrest them for violating curfew”.

He “let them stay there until curfew let up the next morning as police continued to arrest people outside” it said, quoting a protester identified only as Meka.

Meka tweeted that police “shot mace at peaceful protesters in a residential neighborhood” and that Dubey “gave us business cards in case they try to say we broke in”.

There have been widespread protests around the US following the video-recorded extra-judicial killing of an African-American man by a policeman who choked him to death by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis last week.

Some of the protests have turned violent with a section of the demonstrators looting stores, damaging public property and setting a church in Washington on fire.

Following the violence, Washington and dozens of cities and towns have imposed night curfew.

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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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