USA: National Guard disperses protesters from Minneapolis freeway where truck dove into crowd

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The National Guard was deployed on the I-35W Minneapolis freeway, where a tanker truck had sped at a crowd of people protesting the killing of George Floyd on Sunday.

The National Guard was seen on site after the incident, with their armoured vehicles, blocking the road and detaining some protesters, before marching forward, shoulder to shoulder, on the freeway.

“We are at the place where we are basically lost, we are fighting darkness, we are fighting enemies seen and unseen,” a protester said.

The motorway was the scene of one of the key protests on Friday night, where thousands of demonstrators descended upon it to voice their anger at the killing of George Floyd.

Earlier on Sunday, a tanker truck sped at a crowd of people protesting. While the driver was hospitalised with non-critical wounds after being beaten by protesters who dragged him from his vehicle, no other injuries were reported.

The driver was arrested, with Minnesota’s highway patrol agency tweeting that the incident appeared to be deliberate.

Protests and demonstrations have taken place across the US in reaction to Floyd’s death, with riots and looting also occurring in some areas, including Minneapolis.

Floyd, a Houston native, died in Minneapolis earlier this week after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as he was recorded saying, “I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”

Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired. The officer who knelt on Floyd was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

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