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U.S. protestors return to streets, Trump calls them lowlifes and losers

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 3, 2020
Undeterred by curfews, protestors in the United States streamed back into the nation's streets, hours after President Donald Trump pressed governors to put down the violence set off by George Floyd's death and demanded that New York call up the National Guard to stop the lowlifes and losers.
Protestor and police officer together
Protests   Protestor and police officer together
But most protests passed peacefully, and while there were scattered reports of looting in New York City, the country appeared calmer by late Tuesday than it did a day earlier, when violence swept through multiple cities.

Topics: U.S. Trump

The president, meanwhile, amplified his hard-line calls from yesterday, when he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn’t do it.

“NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” he tweeted. “The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!”

The crowd remained in place after the city’s 7 pm curfew passed, defying warnings that the response from law enforcement could be even more forceful. But the protest lacked the tension of the previous nights’ demonstrations. The crowd was peaceful, even polite. At one point, the crowd booed when a protestor climbed a light post and took down a street sign. A chant went up: “Peaceful protest!”

Protests ranged across the U.S., including in Los Angeles, Miami, St. Paul, Minnesota, Columbia, South Carolina, and Houston, where the police chief talked to peaceful demonstrators, vowing reforms.