George Floyd: Vishal protests against racism across America

The 12th day of protests against the death of George Floyd led to large peaceful rallies across America against racism and police brutality.

Tens of thousands of people marched in Washington DC in the city's largest protest. Security forces blocked any approach to the White House.

The crowd has also performed in New York, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco.

Meanwhile, people have expressed respect for Mr. Floyd in North Carolina, where he was born before the memorial service.

Mr. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. In the video, a white police officer kneels on his neck for nine minutes and is pinned to the ground.

Officer Derek Chauvin was dismissed and charged with murder. Three other officers at the scene were also dismissed, charged with aiding and abusing them.

There have also been large racist protests in many other countries. In the UK, Parliament Square in central London is packed with people, despite calls by the government to avoid mass meetings for fear of spreading coroners.

In Australia, there have been major protests in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, focusing on the treatment of Indigenous Australians. There have also been shows in France, Germany and Spain.

What happened at the protests?

The largest appeared in Washington DC, where protesters - many of them carrying placards calling themselves "Black Lives Matter" - gathered outside the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and Lafayette Park, adjacent to the White House, quietly gathering near the newly nominated Black Lives. Mater Plaza.

Mayor Muriel Bozar welcomed the crowd as the crowd messaged President Donald Trump. On Monday, Federal Law Enforcement officials fired tear gas to clean up the protest in the area before the president visited a church.

"If he can hold Washington DC, he can come to any state. None of us will be safe," he said. "We should not ask our soldiers to do so.

Ms Bass has requested the withdrawal of all federal law enforcement officers and National Guard troops from the city, saying their presence is "unnecessary."

35-year-old teacher Eric Wood told the BBC, "I'm here because I don't really live here. Racism has been around for a long time in America."

46-year-old Crystal Ballinger expressed hope for the movement this time. "I feel differently about this protest ... I hope the message of solidarity and equality is coming out."

Many city curfews imposed after the initial unrest were lifted. Arrests were made as the sanctions were relaxed.

However, on Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, it was declared "illegal assembly and civil disturbances" after being thrown at officers near the Justice Center. Seattle police also said projectiles were thrown and many officers were wounded with "improvised explosives."

Earlier in New York, crowds crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, and protesters in San Francisco closed the Golden Gate Bridge for a while. In Chicago, about 30,000 people rallied at Union Park and in Los Angeles, protesters blocked the Hollywood block.

And in Richmond, Virginia, a statue of the Confederate general was dragged down from his seat.

There were also protests in Atlanta and Philadelphia, where people chanted, "We want justice, we want love."

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer's top editor resigned after publishing a headline that equated property damage to black deaths, triggering public condemnation of many newspaper employees.

Stan Wisnovsky apologized that it was a "horribly wrong" decision to use the title "Building Matter Two" in an article about civil unrest in the US.

In Buffalo, two policemen were charged with second-degree assault when a 75-year-old guard was pushed to the ground and shot to death.

President Trump thanked the police, the Secret Service and the National Guard in his overnight tweet for "doing an amazing job" and saying that Washington's viewership was much lower than it was.

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