Protesters display placards in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, June 9, 2020. The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis, United States, sparked worldwide protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism. (Xinhua/Joy Nyabukewa)
Protesters display placards in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, June 9, 2020. The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis, United States, sparked worldwide protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism. (Xinhua/Joy Nyabukewa)

A total of 45 people were arrested and 21 police officers injured on Saturday after a “Black Lives Matter” protest turned violent in the western U.S. city of Seattle, local police said.

“As of 10 p.m. (0500 GMT): Police have made 45 arrests in connection with today’s riot in the East Precinct. 21 officers sustained injuries after being struck by bricks, rocks mortars/other explosives,” the Seattle Police Department tweeted late on Saturday.

“Most officers were able to return to duty. One was treated at a hospital for a knee injury,” it added.

Earlier, a group of protesters set fire and damaged a portable trailer and the construction site for a youth detention facility, the police said.

The United States has been gripped by nationwide demonstrations against racial discrimination following the death of African American George Floyd in May. Enditem

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