Crowd outside White House teargassed
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Crowd outside White House teargassed

S.Sivadas

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Violent clashes erupted outside the White House in Washington on late Sunday night against the death of African-American man, George Floyd, prompting police to use tear gas to disperse protesters.

The demonstrators gathered outside the White House shortly after a citywide curfew was announced in Washington amid escalating tensions between protesters and police over the death of Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody.

The police used flash bang devices to quell the crowds who had gathered outside the President, Mr. Donald Trump's official residence, chanting, lighting fires and holding up protest signs.

The Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Sunday night the curfew would last 'from 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 1.'

Several US cities have been witnessing violent protests for the past few days over the killing of Floyd who died in Minneapolis last Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck.

On Saturday, the White House was locked down for a brief period as a large number of people gathered in the afternoon across the street in Lafayette Square.

Mr. Trump, who was inside the White House when protesters gathered outside, said that the protesters would have been greeted with the 'most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons' had they breached the White House fence.

'Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least,' he tweeted.

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