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Protesters across the United States defied curfews to carry on massive but largely peaceful protests for the eighth day following the death of George Floyd, as violence and looting appeared to subside.Tens of thousands of people continued the protests hours after mandatory curfews went into effect in various cities on Tuesday night, but there was less violence and looting and fewer clashes with police than on previous nights.In the nation’s capital of Washington, thousands gathered near the heavily guarded White House across from Lafayette Park in defiance of the 7pm curfew. The protesters faced off with police across a newly installed chain-link fence.The Pentagon moved about 1,600 US Army troops into the region on Tuesday after several nights of violent protests in the city.Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said the troops were on “heightened alert status” but were “not participating in defence support to civil authority operations”.While scattered looting was reported overnight in New York, the protests were largely peaceful. Thousands of people walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan were stopped on the Manhattan Bridge and prevented from entering the borough, leading to an hours-long stand-off. They sang “We Shall Overcome” at the Barclays Centre after returning to Brooklyn.New York City mayor Bill de Blasio moved up the curfew to 8pm from 11pm for the rest of the week after protests turned chaotic on Monday night. High-end shops on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s midtown, long an emblem of New York’s stature and prowess, remained boarded-up after looters had shattered countless windows and snatched expensive goods. George Floyd killing stirs Asian feelings on region’s own racial strifeIn Los Angeles, hundreds gathered outside the home of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who earlier in the day had joined the crowds and taken a knee as he listened to protesters’ pleas.Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s daughter, on Tuesday told reporters in Minneapolis that Floyd would never see his child grow up to graduate and that she wanted “justice for him”. As she spoke, Gianna, 6, clung closely to her mother, looking stunned. Floyd’s family gathered in Houston, his hometown, for a memorial where they were joined by about 60,000 people.In an election development related to US racial divisions, Republican Iowa Representative Steve King, known for asking in an interview with The New York Times last year why the term “white nationalist” should be seen as offensive, lost a primary race.The nine-term congressman lost to state senator Randy Feenstra, who will run for King’s seat in the US general election in November.King was stripped of his congressional committee assignments after saying in a January 2019 interview: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilisation – how did that language become offensive?” George Floyd protests: Australia must look in the mirrorJoe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, spoke about Floyd’s death late on Tuesday, saying Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” didn’t stop with him. Biden’s show of support for the protesters was in stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s championing of military force as a potential tool against the demonstrators.As protests spread across the country and globe, companies including Nike, Adidas, Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft have offered support to the demonstrators; some have given funds to social justice organisations.Netflix, Amazon, Walt Disney’s Hulu, and AT&T;’s HBO Max all tweeted that they stood in solidarity with protesters. Netflix said in a tweet that “to be silent is to be complicit”.> To be silent is to be complicit. > > Black lives matter. > > > > We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.> > — Netflix (@netflix) May 30, 2020Floyd, 46, died on May 25 in Minnesota after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was pinned to the ground. Floyd was arrested for trying to use a counterfeit US$20 bill to buy cigarettes.Chauvin, 44, was one of four officers on the scene who were fired from the Minneapolis police force. He has been indicted for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.Minnesota said on Tuesday it had started civil rights investigations into the Minneapolis Police Department amid decades of allegations of systematic discrimination against people of colour, particularly African-Americans, against the department. The investigation could lead to indictment of the other three police officers.The Hennepin county medical examiner in Minnesota released a report confirming that Floyd’s death was a homicide resulting from being restrained. It said the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression”.More from South China Morning Post: * Asian-Americans join in support of protests after George Floyd’s death * George Floyd killing stirs Asian feelings on region’s own racial strife, from police custody deaths in Malaysia to Chinese privilege in SingaporeThis article George Floyd protests: violence and looting subside as US demonstrators defy curfews in largely peaceful rallies first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.