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Protesters circle White House grounds as curfews go into effect nationwide

Hundreds of outraged US protesters have clashed with the Secret Service and police outside the White House for the second successive day over the police brutal killing of an African American earlier this week.

The unrest over George Floyd’s death came to President Donald Trump’s doorstep as demonstrators circled the White House grounds on Saturday, chanting “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter.”

A firecracker thrown by protesters explodes under police one block from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC. (AFP photo)

Earlier in the day, Trump threatened that if the demonstrators who had gathered the night before in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, had breached the fence, “they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen.”

On Saturday, some protesters stayed near the president’s residence, while others marched through the streets chanting, “No justice and no peace” and “Say his name: George Floyd.”

Armored Secret Service, along with District of Columbia police and park police Saturday formed a barricade in front of the protesters as Trump returned to the White House from a trip to Florida.

Although some demonstrators overcame the barriers and entered the park in front of the White House, police wielding shields, batons and pepper spray drove them out.

US park police officers face off with demonstrators during protests near the White House in Washington, DC. (Photograph via The Guardian)

Protesters caused serious damage to several Secret Service vehicles and threw themselves against officers’ riot shields, according to the Washington Post.

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