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    Black Lives Matter Protests Sweep Across Globe Following Death of George Floyd (121)
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    Mass rallies erupted after 25 May, when African American former convict George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody. A video of his arrest showed white officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, while Floyd repeated that he couldn't breathe until he lost consciousness.

    Protests continue across the United States, with solidarity rallies across the world. In many cities, protesters have vandalised statues to Confederate heroes, as well as to American founding fathers, explorers, and war veterans. In many cases, authorities have ordered the dismantling of the monuments, including those to Christopher Columbus, claiming they are "controversial".

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      A 19-year-old man was killed and another one was critically injured in a shooting in Seattle's protest zone, authorities said on Saturday.

      According to police, the incident happened near the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone early in the morning.

      Two males with gunshot wounds were admitted to Harborview Medical Center at about 3 a.m., hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg said, as quoted by AP. One man died and the other one was in critical condition in the intensive care unit, she added. 

      An investigation is underway. 

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      Protesters in San Francisco Dismantle Statues of Ex-President, Author of Anthem's Lyrics and Priest

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      A protester makes a Black Lives Matter fist at a demonstration in Trafalgar Square in central London on June 5, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

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      Protesters Hold Rally in Paris Against Racial Violence and Police Brutality - Video

      Demonstrators wearing face masks hold placards reading Justice and truth for Ali Ziri and Lamine Dieng in Toulouse, southern France, on June 10, 2020, during a protest against police violence and in memory of late US citizen George Floyd as well as late French citizen Adama Traore. - At least 2,000 people gathered on the evening of June 10 near Place du Capitole in downtown Toulouse.

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      Trump Demands Arrest for Juneteenth Protesters Who Toppled Confederate Statue in DC

      A toppled statue of Albert Pike is seen during an event to mark Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves elsewhere in the United States, amid nationwide protests against racial inequality, in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 19, 2020.

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      Protesters Topple and Burn Statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike in Washington, DC

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A group of protesters have toppled and set on fire a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike near the police headquarters in Washington, DC, amid anti-racism demonstrations, media reported on Saturday.

      NBC4 Washington reported that the incident took place late on Friday when demonstrators wrapped ropes around the monument to topple it; they then doused it with lighter liquid and set on fire.

      According to the media, police officers outside the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters did not take any action for several minutes after the arson. Then a group of about ten policemen arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze. Meanwhile, no clashes between the police and protesters have been reported.

      Later in the day, US President Donald Trump slammed DC police officers for failing to fulfil their duties.

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