US governor: 'Protests no longer about' George Floyd

US governor:
# 31 May 2020 07:27 (UTC +04:00)

Governor of the US state of Minnesota Tim Walz said Saturday that ongoing protests in Minneapolis city were "no longer" about the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who recently died after being pinned down by a police officer, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

"It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities," said Walz at a press briefing, adding that he was authorizing the "full mobilization" of the state's National Guard.

Walz called the move "an action that has never been taken in the 164-year history of the Minnesota National Guard."

His decision came a day after protestors ignored a mandatory curfew in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, clashing with police and burning down private properties.

Protests also erupted in other parts of the country including California, Georgia, New York, Texas and Massachusetts, among others.