President responds to Floyd affair

"I condemn all acts of violence, hooliganism and vandalism, and, unfortunately, this is the picture we are getting from the US. The situation is often simply an excuse for robbery," Duda said. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that he was appalled at the killing of Afro-American George Floyd in Minneapolis by a policeman who strangled him by kneeling on his neck, and said that legal steps against Floyd's killer should be taken.

He added, however, that the violent protests the incident sparked off across the US were not an acceptable response, as "violence should not be answered by violence."

Duda said during a Q&A session on Facebook, that the case was "outrageous" and warranted thorough examination, but insisted that the resulting protests, often accompanied by vandalism and the looting of shops "could not be commended by any honest person."

"I condemn all acts of violence, hooliganism and vandalism, and, unfortunately, this is the picture we are getting from the US. The situation is often simply an excuse for robbery," Duda said.

Strong protests erupted across the US after Floyd's killing several weeks ago. The 46-year-old man, detained by police on charges of using counterfeit money, suffocated after a policemen knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes. Protests are taking place in most parts of the US and in all major cities, and are sometimes accompanied by vandalism and looting.