Violent protests against police brutality have spread across the US, following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man in Minneapolis seen on video gasping for breath as a white police officer knelt on his neck.
The police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, however, he was released on 500,000 bail. Chauvin will face a court hearing on June 8.
What started with peaceful protests over racism and police killings of black Americans, quickly turned into a civil unrest with clashes erupting between police and protesters, in particular after videos of police violence against protesters circulated online, fuelling people’s outrage even further.
Despite the curfews imposed in dozens of cities, in the last six days, protests over racism and police violence have intensified, with protests taking place in more than 75 cities in the US.
Several buildings were set on fire and police cars burned, and hundreds of people have been arrested, including journalists who were covering the protests.
In Los Angeles, a police SUV accelerated into several protesters in a street, knocking people to the ground, while in Washington DC, including near the White House, there were also scenes of violence.
Amid the protests, Trump said on Sunday in a twitter post that the US government will designate anti-fascist group Antifa as a terrorist organisation, accusing the group of inciting the protests and violence.
“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” US Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Sunday following Trump’s message.