UNREST GROWS IN AMERICA
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