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Less Violence in Monday Night's Protests, Says US National Guard Chief

People take luxury products from a smashed storefront during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US., May 31, 2020. Picture taken May 31, 2020. (REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

People take luxury products from a smashed storefront during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US., May 31, 2020. Picture taken May 31, 2020. (REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

Joseph Lengyel said 18,000 members of the Guard were now assisting local law enforcement in 29 states, a figure that was increasing.

The United States saw decreasing levels of violence in protests across the United States on Monday night, the head of the National Guard bureau said on Tuesday, even as protest activity was sustained or increased.

"Across the country last night, it was a better night. We saw a reduction in violence. But broadly speaking, we saw sustained or even increasing levels of protest," General Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard, told reporters, adding no members of the Guard were injured last night.

Lengyel said 18,000 members of the Guard were now assisting local law enforcement in 29 states, a figure that was increasing.

first published:June 02, 2020, 21:49 IST