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USA: Thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrate in San Francisco

United States, San Francisco
June 4, 2020 at 09:23 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of San Francisco residents took to the streets for a peaceful demo on Wednesday, amid rising tensions following the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police officers.

The protesters could be seen in front of Justice Hall, whilst riot police officers lined up against the wall in full protective gear.

San Francisco police reportedly estimated that 10,000 protesters turned up to the demonstration. Most protesters left at 20:00 local time, when the curfew came into force.

San Francisco mayor, London Breed, announced on Wednesday that Thursday would see the curfew lifted. The curfew was originally issued on Sunday, forbidding San Francisco residents to be outside between 20:00 and 5:00 local time.

The death of Houston native Floyd on May 25 sparked a wave of worldwide protests, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas, including Minneapolis.

Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me."

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.

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Thousands of San Francisco residents took to the streets for a peaceful demo on Wednesday, amid rising tensions following the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police officers.

The protesters could be seen in front of Justice Hall, whilst riot police officers lined up against the wall in full protective gear.

San Francisco police reportedly estimated that 10,000 protesters turned up to the demonstration. Most protesters left at 20:00 local time, when the curfew came into force.

San Francisco mayor, London Breed, announced on Wednesday that Thursday would see the curfew lifted. The curfew was originally issued on Sunday, forbidding San Francisco residents to be outside between 20:00 and 5:00 local time.

The death of Houston native Floyd on May 25 sparked a wave of worldwide protests, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas, including Minneapolis.

Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me."

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.

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