Target closes 100 stores temporarily amid George Floyd protests, riots

Yolanda Curtis
June 1, 2020

The protesters were heard shouting "no justice, no peace, black lives matter".

The demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country", said Target in a statement. Cellphone video showed that a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

In countries with authoritarian governments, state-controlled media showcased the demonstrations in the context of USA government complaints about crackdowns on protesters in other countries, such as China's treatment of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

The Floyd case has reignited USA anger over police killings of black Americans. The U.K. has had its own turbulent history between police and the black community, which came to a head in the 2011 Tottenham Riots, a series of riots in response to the police killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan.

The U.K. has felt the brunt of coronavirus in Europe, with a staggering death toll of 38,376.

Independently, posters of would-be United Kingdom protests popped up on social media on Saturday, announcing demonstrations planned for the coming days.

Hundreds of demonstrators have broken lockdown rules in Britain gathering in London's Trafalgar Square in support of USA protesters in their rage against the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer last Monday.

Floyd passed out and later died. Toronto Police are now investigating the incident.

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