A large rally is ongoing in south Minneapolis (Minnesota state) as of 15:30 (local time) on Saturday, May 30, in the fifth consecutive day of unrest in the city over the police-related death of George Floyd. The gathering is located in the vicinity of Nicollet Avenue and East Lake Street, south of the urban core, and has largely remained peaceful. The rally comes amid state Governor Tim Walz's announcement that the entire National Guard of the state has been placed in ready status ahead of an expected escalation of further unrest. An overnight curfew remains in effect from 20:00 until 06:00 for Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul.
Previously, on Friday, May 29, clashes between police and protesters erupted in multiple cities across the US. Demonstrations were held in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco (California), Denver (Colorado), Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Des Moines (Iowa), Indianapolis, Fort Wayne (Indiana), Louisville (Kentucky), New Orleans (Louisiana), New York (New York), Boston (Massachusetts), Detroit (Michigan), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Las Vegas (Nevada), Charlotte (North Carolina), Columbus, Cincinnati (Ohio), Portland (Oregon), Dallas, Houston (Texas), Richmond (Virginia), and Washington DC, among other smaller locations.
Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term.
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. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US.
Individuals in the Minneapolis area and across metropolitan areas in the US are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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