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Flash-bangs & tear gas in Washington DC as crowds of protesters descend on White House (VIDEOS)

Flash-bangs & tear gas in Washington DC as crowds of protesters descend on White House (VIDEOS)
Tensions are running high in Washington DC, where crowds of anti-police-brutality protesters have converged on the White House once again. Sporadic clashes are taking place amid a heavy police presence in the area.

DC police and Security Service agents established a wider perimeter outside the White House on Sunday compared to Saturday. Protesters demanded to be allowed to march.

Loud noises seemingly caused by the police's use of flash-bangs could be heard in the wider area around the White House complex.

Closer to the focus of US executive power, police used shields and pepper spray to keep protesters outside.

On Saturday, protests outside the White House turned violent on several occasions. DC police arrested 17 people. Some 14 of them were charged with rioting while three others were charged with burglary and simple assault, the police reported.

Washington DC, along with dozens of other cities across the US, faces days of mass protests against police brutality. The wave of public anger was unleashed by footage of the arrest and death of George Floyd, a black man from Minnesota. Floyd was pinned to the ground by a white officer, who put a knee on his neck and wouldn’t react to him saying “I can’t breathe.”

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