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    Protests continue in the United States after the National Guard was ordered to withdraw from Washington DC, as well from cities in California, hit by the mass rallies.

    Mass rallies erupted in Minneapolis and then engulfed the entire country after George Floyd died in police custody following a violent arrest. A video depicting the incident showed white police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee to Floyd's neck for eight minutes, while the handcuffed man repeats he can't breathe until fainting. 

    After the arrest Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, while three other officers involved in the incident have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder.

    Many of the protests quickly turned into riots, complete with violence against police and civilians, vandalism, arson, and looting.

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    • 03:51

      Protesters Occupy Abandoned Precinct in Seattle, Declare 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone'

      Rodney Maine displays his new Black Lives Matter tattoo after asking a passerby to take his photo in front of a plywood-covered and fenced-off Seattle police precinct Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle.

      Protesters Occupy Abandoned Precinct in Seattle, Declare 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone'

      Seattle PD chief Carmen Best confirmed that police had retreated from Capitol Hill in an act of "trust and de-escalation", adding that some barricades will be removed and that the police presence in the area will be reduced.
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    • 01:55

      US Judge Denies Media Request for Restraining Order Against Police Amid Protests

      A US federal judge in the state of Minnesota denied a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent police from using force against journalists covering protests.

      Police officers look on as a car burns in the back as protesters continue to rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2020.

      US Judge Denies Media Request for Restraining Order Against Police Amid Protests

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A US federal judge in the state of Minnesota denied a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent police from using force against journalists covering protests, court documents revealed.
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    • 23:05

      George Floyd Laid to Rest in Houston as Hundreds Gather to Pay Final Respects

      HOUSTON (Sputnik) - A horse-drawn carriage brought George Floyd’s body to a Houston area cemetery where he was laid to rest in a private ceremony fifteen days after his death in police custody in Minneapolis ignited worldwide campaign against police brutality and racism.

      Hundreds of mourners, many seated in foldable chairs under umbrellas and tents to protect them from the Sun, waited on Tuesday to watch Floyd pass his final terrestrial mile that led to a tomb next to his mother’s grave.

      A picture of George Floyd and flowers are set up for a memorial service for Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Raeford, N.C. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25

      Private Funeral Service for George Floyd in Houston - Video

      Over 6,000 mourners turned out to bid farewell to George Floyd at the last official public memorial in honour of the African American, whose in-custody death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.
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    • 22:16

      Officers in Phoenix will no longer be trained or allowed to use chokeholds, according to a statement from police officials

    • 21:44

      Trump Retweets Mockery Video of 'Future' Minneapolis 911 Call as City Mulls Disbanding Its Police

      Protesters demanding police reform walk past Mesa police officers blocking a street, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. The protest is a result of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25

      Trump Retweets Mockery Video of 'Future' Minneapolis 911 Call as City Mulls Disbanding Its Police

      The option to terminate the police department is being considered in the wake of four of its officers being charged with murder and aiding and abetting murder over the killing of African-American George Floyd.
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    • 18:23

      Around 10,000 People in Geneva Protest Against Racism, Brutality of US Police

      GENEVA (Sputnik) - Around 10,000 people gathered in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday to protest police brutality and racism toward black people in the United States.

      Regional authorities authorised the route of the demonstration, which began in Old Town and ended at the United Nations office in the Palace of Nations.

      The march was peaceful, a Sputnik correspondent said, with the majority of protesters wearing face masks. Police were present but chose not to interfere.

    • 16:50

      New York City Will Name, Paint Streets to Honour Black Lives Matter Movement, Mayor Says

      "It is time to do something officially representing the city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea - black lives matter", Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "The proposal put on the table was to name streets in each borough and to paint the words on the streets of this city".

      De Blasio said the initiative will be implemented near the City Council in Manhattan and the remaining four locations will be identified later on.

    • 16:48

      People Gather in Paris For Protests Over Death of George Floyd - Video

      People Gather in Paris For Protests Over Death of George Floyd - Video

      Demonstrations seem to be meat and drink to the French people; for example, the Yellow Vest rallies that engulfed the country in 2018 smoothly transformed into protests against pension reform. After a short delay amid the coronavirus pandemic, people have resumed protesting – now over the in-custody death of African-American man George Floyd.
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    • 16:27

      Minnesota Governor Orders Residents to Observe 8 min 46 sec of Silence to Honour George Floyd

    • 16:04

      Trump Should Apologise for Tweet Saying Injured Buffalo Protestor Fell Harder Than He Was Pushed, New York Governor Says

    • 16:02

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    • 15:25

      Statue of Belgium's King Leopold II Removed in Antwerp After Being Vandalised by Anti-Racism Protesters, Reports Say

      On Sunday, hundreds of violent protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in the Belgian capital threw rocks and bottles at police forces, who had water cannons at the ready.

    • 15:13

      Private Funeral Service for George Floyd in Houston - Video

      A picture of George Floyd and flowers are set up for a memorial service for Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Raeford, N.C. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25

      Private Funeral Service for George Floyd in Houston - Video

      Over 6,000 mourners turned out to bid farewell to George Floyd at the last official public memorial in honour of the African American, whose in-custody death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.
      Read more
    • 14:04

      Trump Says Elderly Buffalo Protester Shoved by Police 'Could Be Antifa Provocateur'

      A view shows a Buffalo Police vehicle parked in front of the city hall before a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Niagara Square, in Buffalo, U.S., June 5, 2020

      Trump Says Elderly Buffalo Protester Shoved by Police 'Could Be Antifa Provocateur'

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that an elderly man who was violently shoved by law enforcement during a protest in Buffalo, New York could be a "provocateur" member of the left-wing group Antifa.
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    • 13:45

      Leaked Report Reveals National Health Service Blood Unit Systematically Racist

      Leaked Report Reveals National Health Service Blood Unit Systematically Racist

      The independent investigation, conducted by Globis Mediation Group, was commissioned in response to numerous complaints from BAME employees working within a division of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).
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    • 12:35

      UK Cabinet Did Not Take Part in Minute of Silence for George Floyd

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government did not participate in the minute of silence held by the House of Commons at 11 AM on Tuesday, according to the PM's spokesman. He noted, however, that Johnson and his ministers were discussing the Floyd case, as they were holding a meeting at the time.

    • 09:19

      Richmond Judge Blocks Removing Robert E. Lee Statue for 10 Days

      A judge in Richmond has issued an injunction that blocks Virginia Governor Ralph Northam from removing a large statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the state capital for 10 days. 

      According to the judge, the state agreed to protect the monument in an 1890 deed accepting the statue.

    • 09:04

      Seven People Shot in New York in 3 Separate Incidents Within 10 Minutes, as City Has Lifted Curfew - Reports

    • 08:30

      French President Macron's Party to Join International Tribute to George Floyd

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The French president's party, La Republique En Marche (LREM), said on Tuesday that later in the day it would join an international tribute to George Floyd, an African American man whose death by asphyxiation at the hands of a US police officer has triggered a global wave of protests against racism and police brutality.

      “While the funeral of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020, will take place tomorrow at 18:00 Paris time, the La Republique En Marche will join the international tribute that will be given to him at the same time, observing 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in his memory", the party said in a statement.

      Emmanuel Macron's party also stated that France needed to "hear the cry of anger demonstrated by a large part of the French youth in recent days to denounce racism, hatred and all forms of discrimination and violence".

      At the same time, it added, separate manifestations of racism and violence do not represent the entirety of law enforcement. Moreover, the party said it supports announcements by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who on Monday unveiled a series of reforms to ensure "zero tolerance" for racism by police. In particular, he banned the controversial method of strangulation during an arrest.

      Macron has not made any comments regarding the death of George Floyd. Nevertheless, he has asked the government to accelerate plans about regulating protests against racial injustice and police violence, which have been taking place in France over the past week.

    • 08:12

      US Army 'Open to Discussion' on Renaming Bases Currently Honouring Confederate Leaders

      A large Confederate battle flag flies above highway 75 in Tampa Bay, Florida June 24, 2015

      US Army 'Open to Discussion' on Renaming Bases Currently Honouring Confederate Leaders

      In February, Army officials said there were plans to rename any street or installation, including those named for Confederate generals.
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    • 06:30

      Self-Proclaimed KKK Member Arrested After Allegedly Ramming Into BLM Supporters in Virginia

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A man who drove a car into George Floyd protesters in the southeastern US state of Virginia over the weekend is an "admitted leader" of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney has said.

      The incident happened on Sunday night in Lakeside in Henrico County. One person sustained injuries. They do not appear to be serious. The perpetrator, identified as Harry H. Rogers, 36, was later arrested.

      "The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media, is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology. We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate", attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement late on Monday, posted on her Twitter.

      According to Taylor, the man drove into a peaceful protest over the in-custody death of African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

      So far, the man has been charged "with assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding, and felony vandalism", the attorney said.

    • 06:28

      Protests Against 258-Year-Old Norwegian City Hall Painting 'Reminiscent' of George Floyd Murder

      People take part in a demonstration called We can't breathe - justice for George Floyd outside the Parliament Building, in Oslo, Norway June 5, 2020.

      Protests Against 258-Year-Old Norwegian City Hall Painting 'Reminiscent' of George Floyd Murder

      In the painting “Justice” (1762) by Mathias Blumenthal that hangs in Bergen's City Hall a white woman is treading on a prostrate, dark-skinned man. While the painting was meant to symbolise the battle of light and darkness, the Greens believe its symbolism no longer fits with today's situation.
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    • 06:24

      Danish Ruling Party Urges BLM Protesters to Take COVID-19 Tests After Potential Superspreader Event

      People gather during a demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, in Copenhagen, Denmark June 7, 2020.

      Danish Ruling Party Urges BLM Protesters to Take COVID-19 Tests After Potential Superspreader Event

      About 15,000 protesters took part in recent anti-racism demonstrations held in Denmark's capital Copenhagen following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody, despite a ban on public gatherings of over 50 individuals.
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    • 06:24

      Man Charged in Minneapolis Police Third Precinct Arson

      A protester holds an object in front of a fire during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., early May 30, 2020.

      Man Charged in Minneapolis Police Third Precinct Arson

      MOSCOW Sputnik) - A man has been charged with aiding and abetting arson at the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
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