UN­REST GROWS IN AMER­ICA

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THREE peo­ple have been shot dead and one man has been left paral­ysed af­ter sev­eral days of vi­o­lent protests in the USA.

The lat­est un­rest be­gan in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin, on 23 Au­gust, af­ter a white po­lice­man shot an un­armed black man, Ja­cob Blake, seven times in the back. Mr Blake is alive but has been left paral­ysed.

The shoot­ing led to protests that be­gan peace­fully, but later be­came vi­o­lent. A mi­nor­ity of pro­test­ers at­tacked build­ings and cars.

On the third night of clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice, three peo­ple were shot, two of them fa­tally. The po­lice ar­rested and charged a sus­pect, 17-year-old Kyle Rit­ten­house, who had trav­elled to Kenosha from a neigh­bour­ing state to chal­lenge the pro­test­ers.

In re­sponse to the un­rest, play­ers from six basketball teams then re­fused to play games. They were quickly sup­ported by ath­letes in Ma­jor League Base­ball and Ma­jor

League Soc­cer, who also re­fused to play.

Last week­end, there was an­other fa­tal shoot­ing, this time in the city of Port­land, on the west coast of the USA. A large con­voy of around 600 ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers drove into the city. Some fired paint­balls and pep­per spray at Black Lives Mat­ter (BLM) sup­port­ers. One per­son, thought to be part of the pro-Trump protest, was shot dead. As First News went to press, the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death were un­clear.

Joe Bi­den, who is run­ning against Don­ald Trump in this Novem­ber’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, has called on the pres­i­dent to speak out against the vi­o­lence. Mr Bi­den said: “I con­demn vi­o­lence of ev­ery kind by any­one. And I chal­lenge Don­ald Trump to do the same.”

A pro­tester in Port­land, USA. Protests against racial in­jus­tice have been go­ing on for more than 90 days

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