Somoy TV journo attacked during live coverage of protests in New York

02 Jun 2020 12:50, Somoy English Desk
Somoy TV journo attacked during live coverage of protests in New York
Somoy TV journo attacked during live coverage of protests in New York

Hasanuzzaman Saki, New York correspondent of Somoy TV, has been attacked by rowdy protesters in New York of the US while covering live the unrest sparked by the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

It was seen in the video that Saki was covering the unrest live standing on a street. At that time, some unruly protesters hit him from the behind.

Saki said he reached the Times Square before 11am on Monday when he saw huge people at lanes.

While he was giving PTC live, the protesters suddenly hit him whereby fell onto the ground, he said.

The reporter said even though he disclosed his identity, the protesters did not pay any heed to this. “Even they tried to snatch the camera. Somehow I managed to escape and save my life.”

Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing. 

His death set off protests that spread from Minneapolis across America. His brother Terrence pleaded with protesters on Monday to remain peaceful. 

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the governors that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over police that have roiled the nation over the past week.

If Trump truly sends troops against protesters, this will be an exercise of his federal authority.

Trump’s announcement came as police under federal command forced back peaceful demonstrators with tear gas so he could walk to a nearby church and pose with a Bible.

Trump's bellicose rhetoric came as the nation braced for another round of violence at a time when the country is already buckling because of the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment it has caused. 

The US President demanded an end to the heated protests in remarks from the White House Rose Garden and vowed to use more force to achieve that aim.


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