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Protests over death of George Floyd, police killings spread to London, Berlin, Toronto

Why not? Those places are mostly just colonies of US Empire anyway.

By William Booth and Loveday Morris 

Washington Post

Street protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis went global over the weekend, as demonstrators in London, Berlin and Toronto gathered under banners declaring that Black Lives Matter and called for an end to police brutality in the United States and around the world.

In London, hundreds defied rules against large gatherings Sunday to rally at Trafalgar Square and mass outside the new U.S. Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames, where they chanted “no justice, no peace” in solidarity with the U.S. movement against racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Demonstrators there and in Berlin waved signs reading “I can’t breathe” — some of the last words that the dying Floyd, captured by an onlooker’s video, gasped out in Minneapolis as a police officer pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.

Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired over Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three are under criminal investigation.

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