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Sun 31 May 2020 12:02 PM

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UAE Consulate issues warning to citizens in US

Curfews have been imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality escalated across America

UAE Consulate issues warning to citizens in US
A woman flees from a volley of tear gas as demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd outside of the city's 5th police precinct on May 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Getty Images

UAE citizens in New York and neighbouring states have been advised to stay away from areas where widespread angry demonstrations are taking place.

Major cities across the US have erupted into violence as protesters vent their fury at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city of Minneapolis last Monday.

That has prompted a warning from the UAE Consulate General of the State of New York, which “advises all citizens in New York and the neighbouring states to stay away from the areas of demonstrations and gatherings currently taking place in the United States and by following the instructions issued by the relevant local authorities”.

In the event of an emergency, UAE citizens are urged to call 6466302575.

Minneapolis, the epicentre of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence on Saturday with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta were among two dozen cities ordering people to stay indoors overnight as more states called in National Guard soldiers to help control the civil unrest not seen in the United States for years.

From Seattle to New York, tens of thousands of protesters took to 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.

In Los Angeles, officers fired rubber bullets and swung batons during a testy standoff with demonstrators who set fire to a police car.

Police and protesters clashed in numerous cities including Chicago and New York, with officers responding to projectiles with pepper spray while shop windows were smashed in Philadelphia.

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