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11 Jun 2020 | 08:06 PM UTC

US: Police arrest multiple demonstrators in Miami June 10

United States of America News Alert

Police arrest seven demonstrators in Miami (Florida state) protests on June 10; a heightened security presence and further protests are likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/15/2020, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Miami, Florida

Event

At least seven demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday, June 10, for vandalizing statues during protests taking place in the Biscayne Boulevard area in Downtown Miami over racial inequality. The group of demonstrators, identified using surveillance cameras, had spray-painted the Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León statues. Similar vandalism has been reported at various protests around the world at associated demonstrations; individuals burning, dismounting and beheading monuments considered to be racist symbols by some. The initially peaceful protests turned unruly when police began arresting the suspects in the Bayside Marketplace; several protesters reportedly assaulted officers and damaged a police vehicle. 

Further demonstrations and a heightened security presence are likely in Miami in the near term. 

Context

Nationwide demonstrations denouncing racial inequality have been held in a number of cities across the US in recent weeks, sparked by the police-involved death of George Floyd. George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death, and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. 

Advice

Individuals in Miami are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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