Protestors clash with Seattle police in latest outcry over US feds

SEATTLE (HRNW) – US police used flashbang grenades, pepper spray and tear gas as protesters marched in cities across the country amid a wave of public anger over Donald Trump’s planned “surge” of federal agents into major metropolises.

The demonstrations against racism and police brutality — sparked by the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd — come as the US president faces an increasingly tough battle for re-election, and is campaigning heavily on a platform of “law and order”.

Protesters marched in Austin, Texas, as well as Louisville in Kentucky, New York, Omaha, California’s Oakland and Los Angeles, and Richmond in Virginia — where riot police fired chemical agents at a Black Lives Matter march, according to US media.

In Seattle the sounds of repeated small detonations rang out in some streets, and smoke rose from an area where demonstrators had set fire to trailers by a construction site for a youth detention facility.

Protesters slashed car tires and smashed trailer windows.

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