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George Floyd riots have been raging across the United States for nearly a week, with the tension between protesters and other members of the public ramping up. Demonstrators in Minneapolis on Sunday were left fleeing as they marched on the closed-down highway after a lorry invaded one of the lanes. The heavy goods vehicle managed to drive a few metres into the crowd before protestors crowded the lorry in a bid to stop it.
Marchers can be seen surrounding the lorry, with two people climbing on the bonnet to block the driver’s view.
Once the lorry stopped, some of the protesters wrenched the door open and the driver was ultimately pulled from the cabin and beaten, according to authorities.
The Minnesota Depart of Public Safety (MnDPS) had confirmed earlier in the day the highways would be closed because of the protest.
Writing on Twitter, MnDPS said: “@MinneapolisPD: There is a large group of peaceful protesters on Washington Avenue at 35W. Traffic is blocked in both directions. Individuals within this group have been observed diffusing others who are showing aggression or anger. #MACCMN”
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A series of tweets later confirmed the crowd around the lorry had been “encircled” and some people had been arrested for violating the curfew in place since Thursday.
MdDPS wrote: “@MinneapolisPD: The group on Washington Ave has been encircled by law enforcement. One firearm has been recovered near the location of the group. #MACCMN
“@MinneapolisPD: Officers are making arrests within the group at Washington Avenue. Curfew violation is a misdemeanor. #MACCMN”
Protests have erupted across the US over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, who died in Police custody on May 25. A Minneapolis policeman was filmed holding Mr Floyd down with a knee on his neck despite the man repeatedly saying: “I can’t breathe.”
A former MNPD officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder.
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