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Associate professor: The worst in 50 years

with Most cars, thousands of arrests and harsh clashes between police and protesters.

No one had foreseen, that the riots in the UNITED states in a week would evolve so dramatically, assesses the Niels Bjerre-Poulsen.

He is an associate professor in the american society at the Center for American Studies at the University of Southern denmark.

He says you should back to 1968 to find the corresponding protests.

It was the year when the black civil rights activist Martin Luther King was murdered. At that time there was, according to Niels Bjerre-Poulsen riots in over 100 american cities.

When the riots in the UNITED states this time has been just as violent, so due to several factors, assesses the Niels Bjerre-Poulsen.

An element is, that the rebellion gets its own life. Looting and vandalism increases the police's heavy-handed methods so as to create a spiral of violence, says Niels Bjerre-Poulsen.

another is coronapandemien, which has particularly affected black americans hard and claimed the lives of 40 million american jobs.

It is unparalleled in american history, he says.

- Furthermore, there is a desire for a government and a leader who will step into character and trying to create session and tranquility. But it was not, saith the.

There is also a frustration in the relationship between the police and blacks in parts of the UNITED states arising out of a comprehensive attempt to reform the police.

- People are horrified that the police officer who carried out what the prosecution now calls the murder, it did so relatively relaxed, though the people stood and filmed.

- He does not look under threat or pressure, but have a hand in your pocket, " says Niels Bjerre-Poulsen.

He refers to a video of the arrest of George Floyd, who has flourished on social media.

Here you can see a police officer sitting on Floyd's neck with his knee for several minutes.

It creates an extra frustration in the public that incidents like this can happen, although in the UNITED states have undertaken extensive reforms to train police in conflict resolution, says.

- You can talk about reform, training and better control, but the feeling is that it nevertheless could not prevent this.

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