Demonstrations and protests in several US states continue for the fifth day in a row. Demonstrators are protesting against the killing of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of the police. These killings led to reprisal shootings against police officers in Dallas that resulted in five officers being killed and seven others wounded in the worst scene of ethnic tensions that the United States has witnessed in decades.
About 300 people gathered outside the US Capitol yesterday in a peaceful demonstration and demanded a solution to racial conflict. The city of Phoenix in Arizona witnessed demonstrations marked by some violence which the police dealt with by using pepper spray and tear gas.
Demonstrations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana led to violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Demonstrators tried to close roads and impede traffic at main intersections, and this resulted in anti-riot troops using tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and arrest a number of them.
Around 2,000 people protested in San Francisco’s city centre in front of the municipal hall and unfurled huge banners that read “Stop the Racist Police Terror”. There were no reports of violence as the organisers were keen for the march to be peaceful.
In Denver, Colorado, the organisers of the Black Lives Matter movement announced that they will continue their sit-in in Denver in protest at the shooting of two black men in the states of Minnesota and Louisiana until Tuesday evening to bring the duration of the sit-in to 135 hours.
In Atlanta, Georgia, several hundreds of black protesters took to the city centre and demonstrated in front of the National Centre for Human Rights. They held banners saying “Do not shoot” and the protests were peaceful.
In Chicago, Illinois, a large number of leaders of the Black Lives Matters movement gathered in front of President Obama’s home in Chicago. Protesters demanded that the US president do more than just talk about violence.