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Curfews imposed in Chicago, Los Angeles after race protests turn violent

Curfews were imposed on major cities in the United States (US) as protestors’ clashes with police intensified. It comes even as President Donald Trump warned the demonstrators saying the government would stop the violent protests “cold.”

The protesters are demonstrating after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city on Monday. The administration has ordered the citizens to stay indoors overnight in two dozen cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

The States have called National Guard soldiers to help control the civil unrest. In Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, the protests have continued for the fifth consecutive night.

Thousands of protesters jammed the streets demanding tougher murder charges and more arrests over the death of Floyd, who stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The demonstrators were heard chanting slogans such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe”.

“We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities,” Donald Trump had earlier said. “My administration will stop mob violence. And we’ll stop it cold,” Trump added.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary,” he said. “But burning down communities and needless destruction is not,” Democratic candidate Joe Biden condemned the violence during the protests.