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George Floyd death sparks protests in US and around world: latest updates, Sunday 7 June
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Black Lives Matter protest in Madrid
Demonstrators gather in the Puerta del Sol, in central Madrid, to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: EFE/Rodrigo Jiménez)
"Power of protests leaves Trump exposed"
Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter protests in the Observer today, the journalist Chris McGreal has spoken of a "week that shook the nation" and has left a "callous" Donald Trump "exposed".
"America has been here before, split by racial division that left its cities in flames and its citizens demanding a different country," McGreal writes.
"But not for half a century, and never with a president whose response to demands for basic justice were so belligerent and divisive that even his former top military officials have turned on him."
'Defund the police': what does it mean?
Protests continued in many parts of the world over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. And some feel that police departments need reforming.
Washington protest the city's biggest
Saturday's protests in Washington DC, which saw tens of thousands of demonstrators converge on the streets of the capital, were the biggest so far in the city since the death of George Floyd in police custody last week.
Here, the media outlet NPR offers a selection of photos from the Black Lives Matter demonstrations:
Ways protesters can reduce coronavirus risk
"Don’t hug and kiss. Don’t share drinks. Bring your own water bottle..." Speaking to CNBC, experts have offered protesters tips on how to minimise their chances of catching the coronavirus while at one of the many Black Lives Matter demonstrations taking place across the world.
Statue of Confederate general pulled down in Richmond
In Richmond, Virginia, protesters have pulled down a statue of Confederate general Williams Carter Wickham. The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, this week agreed to begin removing Confederate monuments in the city.
Protesters ride in vehicles during a peaceful demonstration against racism and police brutality in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday. It was the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on 25 May. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
Philonise Floyd to testify before Congress
Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, is to testify before Congress on Wednesday, in a House committee hearing on police brutality and racial profiling.
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'Black Lives Matter' painted on Washington DC street challenges Trump
Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser sent a strong message to the White House by having the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant yellow letters.
Police officers who shoved 75-year-old released without bail
Two BPDNY Police officers, identified as Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, who allegedly assaulted a 75-year-old man during a demonstration on Thursday. Both were charged with one count of assault in the second degree and have been released on their own recognizance without bail.
Proud to represent the people of Illinois's 10th Congressional District, and Brad Schneider got involved in the march.
Jamaicans say 'Enough is Enough'
Wearing black and braving a blistering sun, Jamaicans gathered on Saturday to lend support to global protests against police abuses sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.
Several hundred people stood outside the U.S. Embassy in Kingston with signs and t-shirts reading 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Enough is Enough,' demanding justice for Floyd as well as Jamaicans who have died at the hands of security forces.
The Kingston protests were peaceful, and police mostly stood by watching as demonstrators voiced their concerns.
Denver Broncos players join protest
Denver Broncos players joined thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd in today's march in Colorado
Bottles thrown at mounted police in London
The Black Lives Matter protest in London briefly turned nasty when some protesters started throwing bottles at mounted police near to Downing Street. One police horse bolted after its rider was thrown off, as can be seen in this video.
Large turn-out in Manchester
In one of several 'Black Lives Matter' protests taking place across England today, several hundred turned out at Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester. An eight-minute silence was observed and protesters were joined yesterday by four members of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service.
The Boss calls for change
Bruce Springsteen has paid homage to George Floydwith a performance of American Skin (41 Shots) on his Facebook page. "Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. And that's how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer's knee buried into his neck," he said. "That's a long time. That's how long he begged for help and said he couldn't breathe. The arresting officer's response was nothing but silence and wait. Then he had no pulse and still it went on. That goes out to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis and to the memory of George Floyd. May he rest in peace."
No curfew, free Covid-19 tests in Atlanta, says Mayor
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the city would not be placed under curfew on Saturday evening - the first time in a week that the 8 p.m. curfew has been lifted. The city is also offering free Covid-19 testing for protesters and the community on Saturday. Tests will be administered at Chosewood Arts Complex from 10 a.m. ET to 2 p.m local time.
Thousands turn out in New York
Demonstrators gather at Washington Square Park in what has been a largely peaceful protest.
Chicago tackles looters
Chicago will spend up to $1.2 million to hire three private security firms to help prevent a repeat of last weekend’s chaotic civil unrest and looting that erupted amid protests over the killing of George Floyd, mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said.
“The new guards are unarmed and solely in place to monitor activity on commercial corridors and notify the Chicago Police Department if any illegal activity occurs,” Lightfoot’s office said in a statement. “None of the security guards have policing powers, but are another set of eyes and ears to support efforts to deter looters. All security officers will wear visible identification.”
UK anti-racism protesters clash with mounted police
British anti-racism protesters briefly clashed with mounted police on Saturday after thousands gathered in central London to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
After a largely peaceful day, small numbers of protesters near Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street residence threw bottles at police, and mounted officers charged at protesters to push them back. Earlier more than a thousand protesters marched past the U.S. Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames, blocking traffic and holding placards.
Thousands of protesters had also crowded into the square outside parliament, holding placards saying 'Black Lives Matter' and ignoring government advice to avoid large gatherings due to the risk from coronavirus.
Hertha and Dortmund players kneel in tribute to George Floyd
Players from Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin went down on one knee ahead of this afternoon's Bundesliga in tribute to George Floyd. Both teams gathered around the centre circle and knelt ahead of their league game, which is being played in an empty Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The coaches and their staff on the benches also joined in. Earlier this week the German Football Association (DFB) ruled that players were free to show their support for protests over the death of Floyd. Several players last week lifted their shirts to show messages in support of the protests. The DFB said it would take no action against symbols of solidarity with the protests in the U.S. and across the world.
Atlanta mayor tells children to "keep loving each other", ignore the racists
Atlanta's mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who gave an impassioned plea for peace after the first night of riots in the city, had a message for young children who want to do something about racism.
"I am so proud of them...and my message to them is just keep being who you are. Keep loving each other and when you see someone who is doing something wrong or saying something wrong, say that it's wrong," she said. "Make sure that when your friends sometimes do things that they shouldn't do that you say to them, 'That's not right and you shouldn't do that,' and say it with love and just lead by example",
Hamburg police use pepper spray as protests turn ugly
Police in Hamburg, Germany used pepper spray on protesters on Saturday and were ready to deploy water cannons as some demonstrations in support of U.S. anti-racist protests against police brutality turned ugly.
Hamburg police tweeted that several hundred "hooded and aggressive people" had put police officers under pressure in the city centre, adding: "We have already had to use pepper spray. With all due respect for emotions: attacks on police officers are unacceptable!' At another location nearby, they said some 350 people were standing in front of police water cannons. 'We regard this as an unauthorised (i.e. forbidden) meeting and now we are calling via loudspeaker announcements for people to leave."
The Third Amendment had been largely lost in time until Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser invoked it to oust National Guard troops from the capital.
Medics warn that chemical agents such as tear gas will help spread Covid-19
A group of over 1,000 medical experts have signed an open letter warning that the use of chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray on protesters will quicken the spread of the coronavirus, given that their effects lead people to cough and splutter violently, usually removing face masks while this is occurring.
"NO KNEELING!" - Trump criticises NFL player for changing stance
Donald Trump criticised New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Friday for apologising for saying he disagreed with protests in which sports stars have knelt during the national anthem.
"I am a big fan of Drew Brees," the US president wrote on Twitter. "I think he's truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high.
"We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!"
Bundesliga stars call for greater action on racism in football
Jerome Boateng and Nicole Anyomi joined the list of Bundesliga players showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Video: Molotov cocktail thrown back into agitator's car
When a man placed what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail in the road during a peaceful protest in Riverdale, California, it was thrown back into his car to stop it from exploding in the street (viewer discretion advised):
Black Lives Matter protests in London
Here are some pictures from the Black Lives Matter protest being held in Parliament Square, London, today:
Japanese, South Korean capitals see protests
Hundreds took to the streets in Tokyo and Seoul on Saturday to support US protests against police brutality.
In Tokyo, marchers protested against what they said was police treatment of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped while driving and shoved to the ground, leaving him with bruises.
Organisers invoked the US protests, saying they were also marching in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I want to show that there's racism in Japan now," said 17-year-old high school student Wakaba, who declined to give her family name.
She and her friend, Moe, marching in their school uniforms, held a sign saying: "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention". "No justice, no peace, no racist police," the crowd chanted.
In Seoul, dozens of South Korean activists and foreign residents gathered, some wearing black masks with "can't breathe" in Korean, echoing George Floyd's final words as he lay on the pavement. Others participated in an online "viral photo protest".
"South Korea is becoming a multicultural society," organiser Shim Ji-hoon said. "So I proposed this march to have awareness of racial discrimination and make a world of living together." (Reuters)
Australians show solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement
Protesters raise their fists to the sky in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. Events across the country have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of George Floyd, and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Is kneeling on the neck a legal police tactic?
Minneapolis banned the use of choke holds on 5 June after the death of George Floyd and most police departments do not permit the practice to detain suspects.
Black Lives Matter protests in the UK
A woman in Manchester, UK, wears a face mask with the words "I Can't Breathe" written on, as she walks past a mural of George Floyd, by street artist Akse, ahead of a demonstration on Saturday to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
George Floyd killing: Black Lives Matter protests live
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black American, during an arrest by Minneapolis police officers last week.
A large protest is expected in the US capital, Washington DC, today, while many Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been taking place elsewhere in the world, in locations such as the UK, Japan, South Korea and Australia.