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Continuous social unrest threatens public safety in US: Report
By:Xinhua
update:March 25,2021

Shoppers are evacuated from a King Soopers supermarket after a gunman opened fire on Monday in Boulder, Colorado, the US. At least 10 people were killed. [Photo/Agencies]
 
March 25,2021 -- Continuous social unrest threatens public safety in the United States, according to the Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020, which was released on Wednesday.
 
"The government failed to maintain proper law and order, and shootings and violent crimes, which were already high in incidence, recorded new highs during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing panic among members of the public," said the report issued by the State Council Information Office.
 
Citing date from Gun Violence Archive, the report said more than 41,500 Americans died by gun violence in 2020, an average of more than 110 a day, which is a record. There had been 592 mass shootings nationwide, an average of more than 1.6 a day.
 
The police's unrestrained use of violence in law enforcement triggered waves of protests that swept across the country, the report said.
 
The police had abused their force to suppress protesters, and attacked and arrested journalists on a large scale, further fueling public anger and continuous social unrest, according to the report.
 
COVID-19 lockdowns, anti-racism protests and election strife had led to record gun sales of about 23 million in 2020, a 64 percent increase over 2019 sales, it said, noting that the 2020 numbers include purchases by more than 8 million first-time buyers.
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