Democratic Representative Ilhan Umar has accused groups outside the island of fire during the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death.
“In Minneapolis, we rallied, we protested, we organized. When people see our buildings, our businesses burn, we know they are not interested in protecting black lives,” Omar said in its congressional district of Minneapolis and its Includes some suburbs. ABC News “This Week”
“They may say they care about black lives, but they are not interested in protecting black lives because when you put out the fire, you endanger the community that you claim to be.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walls set a curfew and rallied the National Guard on Saturday to try to reduce the looting and burning of businesses over the last several nights since Floyd’s death.
Umar said that “the community felt secure” that their homes and businesses would not be burned because of the National Guard – but the military response shook some people.
“There were actually a lot of people who didn’t follow and follow the curfew. They felt like being intimidated by the presence of the National Guard and the militarized police, because they had tanks,” he said.
“What we’re trying to do is try to find something in between aggressive aggression and ways to figure out how to burn our city. That’s a challenge.”