Jun 7, 2020

George Floyd: New York and Washington see security ease

New York ended its nearly week-long curfew and President Donald Trump said he was ordering the National Guard to start withdrawing from Washington DC. The unrest has largely been replaced by largely peaceful worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. Washington had seen angry protests outside the White House, particularly last Monday when demonstrators were cleared for Mr Trump to walk to a nearby church. Similar protests were held in Rome, where protesters fell silent for roughly the same time that George Floyd was pinned down. Huge peaceful rallies took place across the US. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC, in the city's largest protest so far, many of them at the newly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza outside Lafayette Park. Dozens of white and black protesters carrying Black Lives Matter banners rallied in a place previously known as a "Sundown town" because blacks did not venture out after dark.

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