George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?

George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?

By Helier CheungBBC News, Washington DC

  • 6 hours ago

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Media captionProtesters took to the streets again on Saturday night

Curfews have been imposed in multiple cities in the US, after unrest and protests have spread across the country over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.

Most of the protests began peacefully – and several stayed peaceful. But in a large number of cases, demonstrators clashed with police, set police cars on fire, vandalised property or looted shops. The National Guard has been activated 5,000 of its personnel across 15 states and Washington DC.

Experts have also drawn parallels with the 2011 England riots – when a peaceful protest over a man who was shot dead by police turned into four days of riots, with widespread looting and buildings set alight.

How do protests spread so quickly – and why do some become violent?

Protests spread when there’s a shared identity

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