Protesters started fires near the White House as tensions with police mounted during a third night of demonstrations in response to the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota.

An hour before the 11pm curfew (4am UK time) police fired a major barrage of tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people across the street from the White House, scattering protesters into the street.

Protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a raging fire in the middle of H Street.

Some pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the flames.
Others added branches pulled from trees.

An aerial picture posted to Twitter showed streets surrounding the White House ablaze.

Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality sparked peaceful protests – some of which turned violent as demonstrators were targeted by police – across the US.

Similar Black Lives Matter protests have now spread globally, including in the UK, where thousands made their way to the US Embassy in Battersea.

The crowd could be heard chanting ‘say his name: George Floyd I can’t breathe’ as they walked by the River Thames.

Protesters are calling for justice from the police officers responsible for Floyd’s death, and calling for the death of systemic racism.

Arrests in the UK have ranged from looting and blocking highways to breaking curfew.

The arrest figures include those from demonstrations in New York and Philadelphia on the East Coast, Chicago and Dallas in the Midwest and Southwest, and Los Angeles on the West Coast as protests take place all over the county.

As a result, celebrities and members of the public have taken to Twitter to share links to donation pages and legal and financial support for protesters who have been arrested across the US.

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