George Floyd: Thousands protest against racism in Washington DC

(BBC) – Tens of thousands are marching against racism and police brutality in Washington DC, as protests sparked by George Floyd’s death enter a 12th day.

Crowds gathered near the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and Lafayette Park, where security forces blocked any approach to the nearby White House.

Meanwhile, people paid their respects to Mr Floyd in North Carolina, where he was born, before a memorial service.

Large anti-racism rallies also took place in a number of other countries.

In the UK, Parliament Square in central London was filled with people supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, despite calls by the government to avoid mass gatherings for fear of spreading the coronavirus.

In Australia, there were major protests in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that focused on the treatment of indigenous Australians.

Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being arrested outside a shop in Minneapolis on 25 May.

Video footage showed a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while he is pinned to the floor. Mr Floyd is heard repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”.

Mr Chauvin has been dismissed and charged with murder. Three other officers who were on the scene have also been sacked and charged with aiding and abetting.

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