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    Demonstrations in support of the black community and protests opposing police violence against African American people have been underway in various US cities since late May in response to the killing of an African American man, George Floyd, in police custody.

    The governor of Kentucky, a Democrat rival of President Donald Trump, said that he has clinched support from lawmakers in the president's party to remove a statue dedicated to Confederate soldiers from the state which many consider synonymous with the state's history of black slavery.

    While Kentucky was a border state during the 1861-1865 American Civil War, both the Union and Confederate armies recruited troops there and the Confederacy managed to control the Jackson Purchase, a region in the southwest of the state which was known for its tobacco plantations.

    A video of George Floyd's arrest showed a white police officer, George Chauvin, shoving his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes after he had been restrained, despite Floyd saying that he could not breathe; Floyd later died in hospital. The clip sparked protests which soon turned into riots, as cities across the US descended into chaos characterised by looting, arson attacks and the destruction of property. 

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    • 03:55

      Atlanta Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Black Lives Matter Protesters - Reports

      Law enforcement in the Atlanta city of the southeastern US state of Georgia have used tear gas to disperse protesters who took to the streets after an African American man, Rayshard Brooks, was shot dead by a police officer during arrest, right in the midst of weeks of nationwide riots against police brutality and racial discrimination, US media reported on Sunday.

    • 03:54

      Wendy’s in Atlanta Where Rayshard Brooks Was Killed Set on Fire

      Wendy’s in Atlanta Where Rayshard Brooks Was Killed Set on Fire

      The incident took place amid the protests in the capital of the US state of Georgia which erupted after local resident Rashard Brooks was shot to death by a police officer.
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    • 03:00

      Captain James Cook Statue Vandalized in Sydney, Two Women Arrested

      Two women, aged 27 and 28, were arrested after a statue of famous British explorer, Captain James Cook, in Sydney's Hyde Park was defaced, the New South Wales Police Force said in a statement on Sunday.

      "Two women have been charged after a statue was allegedly defaced in Sydney’s CBD [central business district] early this morning. Police were alerted to graffiti on the statue in Hyde Park just after 4am (Sunday 14 June 2020)," NSW police said.

      The women were found with a bag containing spray cans. They were both charged with destruction and damage of property and possession of graffiti with intent to contravene.

    • 02:46

      Protesters in New Orleans Throw John McDonogh Statue Into Mississippi River

      Demonstrators in New Orleans have taken down a bust of John McDonogh, a slave-owner and philanthropist who sought to educate black children, and threw it into the Mississippi River, local media report.

      The bust was reportedly taken down on Saturday after a Take Back Pride motorcade rally: the statue was damaged, loaded onto two trucks, transported to an area brewery, where it was thrown into the Mississippi River.

    • 01:42

      Police Officers Gather at Place de l'Étoile to Protest Castaner's Remarks - Videos

      French police officers protest Castaner's statements on combating racism on 13 June

      Police Officers Gather on Place de l'Étoile to Protest Castaner's Remarks - Videos

      Several police demonstrations have taken place since the minister of interior said on Monday that the technique of seizing the neck of a suspect during an arrest must be abandoned and vowed to suspend officers on racism allegations.
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    • 01:12

      London Police Say Arrested More Than 100 People During Black Lives Matter Protests

      More than 100 people were arrested in the UK capital of London on Saturday over offenses including violent disorder, assault on law enforcement and possession of weapons, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

    • 23:17

      Protests Erupt in US's Atlanta as Another Black Man Shot Dead by Police During Arrest

      Protests in the United States against police brutality appear to have got a new impetus as another African American man, Rayshard Brooks, was killed by law enforcement officers during arrest in the Atlanta city of the southeastern Georgia state.

      According to a press release by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the incident took place on Friday evening when police responded to a complaint about a man sleeping in a vehicle parked in the drive thru of a local Wendy's restaurant and obstructing other customers. Officers found 27-year-old Brooks indeed asleep and intoxicated.

      "During a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer's Tasers and began to flee from the scene.  Officers pursued Brooks on foot and during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks," the press release read.

    • 22:10

      Atlanta Police Chief Resigns After Black Man Shot by Officer

      Protesters block a Georgia State Patrol official from leaving, Saturday, June 13, 2020, near the Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police Friday evening following a struggle in the restaurant's drive-thru line in Atlanta.

      Atlanta Police Chief Resigns After Black Man Shot by Officer

      The man, later identified as Rayshard Brooks, was pointing a Taser at a policeman before the officer fatally shot him, according to the police.
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    • 20:45

      Five People Detained During Rally Involving Far-Right Activists in London - Police

      Five people have been detained and six policemen sustained minor injuries on Saturday during rallies of right-wing activists opposing Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and football fans in central London, the Metropolitan Police said.

    • 19:41

      French Police Deploy Teargas in Marseille

    • 18:38

      UK PM Johnson Comments on Saturday Riots in London

    • 18:12

      Paris Police Detain 26 People During Unsanctioned Protest Against Racism, Police Brutality

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The French police have detained 26 people who participated in an uncoordinated protest against racism and police brutality in Paris on Saturday, the Police Prefecture said.

      The rally started earlier in the day on the Place de la Republique with protesters being expected to march toward the Palais Garnier but policemen cordoned off the area. According to French BFMTV broadcaster, some 15,000 people took part in the rally.

      "As of 19:00 p.m. [17:00 GMT], law enforcement forces have made 26 detentions," the Paris Police Prefecture wrote on Twitter without specifying reasons for the detentions.

      A wave of protests against racial inequality has swept through the United States and a number of other countries, including France, in the wake of African American man George Floyd’s death in police custody the US city of Minneapolis on May 25. French cities such as Marseille and Lyon, which also have large populations of African descent, are expecting similar marches over the weekend.

    • 17:38

      Covering Churchill's Statue Did Not Prevent Vandals From Making Their Point

      Churchill's statue in London

      Doctored Image of Churchill’s Boarded-up Statue With 'Racist Inside' Lettering Sparks Outrage

      The statue of British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in central London was fitted with protective boards ahead of Black Lives Matter demonstrations, after it was vandalized last weekend.
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    • 17:33

      Right-Wing Politician Reflects on Vandalism During BLM Protests

      A municipal worker used a high pressure water cleaner to remove the paint from the statue of Piet Hein in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday, June 12, 2020. Dutch activists have spray painted the words killer and thief and daubed red paint on a statue of a man regarded by many as a naval hero from the 17th-century Golden Era of Dutch trade and colonial expansion. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

      'You’re Free to Demonstrate, but you Can't Touch Our Statues', Says Right-Wing Rotterdam Politician

      As numerous historical monuments are being vandalized in cities across Europe by anti-racist activists, right-wing politicians and community groups have been stepping in to protect historical heritage.
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    • 14:11

      Who Took Part in London Clashes on Saturday?

      Counter-protesters stand under Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square ahead of a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

      Clashes Erupt as Defenders of Monuments, BLM Protesters Rally in London - Videos

      A wave of protests against racial inequality has swept through the UK in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US city of Minneapolis on 25 May. Over the past week, demonstrators have turned their attention to statues commemorating public figures linked with racism or the slave trade.
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    • 14:11

      March Against Racism, Police Brutality Underway in Paris

      PARIS, June 13 (Sputnik) - Protesters have begun marching from central Paris’ Place de la Republique in Saturday’s large-scale march against racism and police brutality inspired by the US Black Lives Matter movement, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      Paris authorities have ordered stores and restaurants along the march’s route to close fearing eruptions of violence.

      The gathering flaunts a communique released by the government reminding of the restriction of gatherings of more than 10 people.

      The movement against racism that has swept the world following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has evoked memories of Adama Traore in France. The Frenchman of African origin died in police custody in 2016 and his cause of death is yet to be determined.

      French cities such as Marseille and Lyon, which also have large populations of African descent, are expecting similar marches over the weekend.

    • 06:46

      Police Presence in the Capitol Hill Area Completely Reduced

      On Monday, police began moving certain things out of the East Precinct in moving vans and for the most part completely reduced the police presence in the Capitol Hill area altogether, Shauna Sowersby, Seattle-based Freelance reporter and photographer said.

      “I have still seen a couple of police moving inside the building, but for the most part it is not operating at the moment. They didn’t move everything out either, there are clearly still office spaces that weren’t moved out,” Shauna Sowersby said.

      “Police have stated they don’t intend to let the building be taken over, but have not stated when they expect to be back in the building. So in actuality CHAZ isn’t a true autonomous zone,” she added.

    • 06:01

      Governor Signs Police Reform Legislation Banning Chokeholds Amid Protests

      Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation that promotes greater accountability for police officers and bans chokeholds after thousands of demonstrators demanded changes in the policing systems during the George Floyd Protests across the state.

      "Iowa is ready and eager to act! Proud to sign HF [House File] 2647, legislation to promote greater accountability in policing," Reynolds tweeted on Friday.

      The bill was passed by the Iowa House and Senate, and was supported by the lawmakers from both parties. The legislation bans chokeholds, allows the state attorney general to investigate deaths caused by police officers and prohibits law enforcement officers who have been fired for serious misconduct, namely repetitive use of excessive force, from being re-hired.

      The governor pledged to do more to confront police brutality and said that "it is just the beginning" during a press conference.

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