Protests have been going on in the United States for days after the death of George Floyd. He died during his arrest after a cop pressed his knee to his neck for minutes. In other countries, the Black Lives Matter protest has also sparked. Follow the latest developments here.
Second demonstration planned in Amsterdam Next
Wednesday, a second protest will be held in Amsterdam against racism and police brutality. The demonstration will take place from 5 pm on the Anton de Komplein in the Zuidoost district, the organization reports on Facebook.
The organization expressly states that it wants a peaceful protest and calls on those present to adhere to the corona measures this time. Protesters should at least keep a distance of 1.5 meters and are also called upon to wear face masks and plastic gloves. People who have complaints should stay at home.
Thousands of people came to the first protest on Dam Square last Monday. Due to the crowds, it was not possible to keep a distance between them. Mayor Femke Halsema was strongly criticized for her actions during the situation and decided that protests should no longer be allowed on the Dam as long as the measures apply.
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league : 'Not well listened to black players' The president of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States, acknowledges on Friday that not enough has been listened to in recent years against players who protested peacefully against racial injustice and police brutality.
NFL President Roger Goodell admits in a video that it was wrong not to listen to players before and encourages everyone to speak up now and protest peacefully. "We, the National Football League, believe that black lives matter," said Goodell.
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChangeAvatar
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Michael Jordan donates $ 100 million to fight racism
Michael Jordan announced on Friday that he will donate $ 100 million (88.5 million euros) to organizations fighting for racial equality and social justice. The basketball legend donates the amount over a ten-year period through his brand Jordan Brand.
"Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We are a proud family who have overcome obstacles and fought against discrimination," said Jordan, 57, in a statement .
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In Washington DC, just in front of the White House, protesters sang the Stevie Wonder version of Happy Birthday in honor of Breonna Taylor. She would have turned 27 today were it not for the fact that she was shot and killed by police officers on March 13 this year in Louisville.
Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 today. These protesters have stayed through torrential rain and are now singing happy birthday to Breonna in front of the White House.Avatar
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Fifteen minutes before curfew in Atlanta, protesters dance with members of the National Guard de Macarena.
15 minutes before curfew and members of the National Guard are getting down at Centennial Olympic Park. Oookay !! @wsbtvAvatar
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Minneapolis police may no longer use stranglehold and neck clamp
The Minneapolis City Council has decided on Friday that the police in the city should not use strangleholds and the clamping of the neck when arresting suspects.
A Minneapolis agent pressed his knee on the neck of African American George Floyd for more than eight minutes on May 25, after which he died. That was the beginning of social unrest in the United States and around the world protesting against systematic racism and brutal police brutality.
In the state of California, the governor also wants to ban such practices.
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A street close to the White House is now officially called 'Black Lives Matter Plaza'. That was commissioned by Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has asked President Donald Trump to take all federal police groups out of the city.
The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially "Black Lives Matter Plaza".Avatar
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The Dutch police respond in a video to the unrest of the past few weeks.
Police for everyone! #racism #discrimination #police for everyone #policeAvatar
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Mayor also happy with course
The Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen is satisfied with the course of the demonstration, reports AD Utrecht . "Mayor Jan van Zanen looks back on an orderly and quiet demonstration together with the members of the triangle. The participants followed the distance rules and the instructions of the organization."
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This is how the anti-racism demonstrations in the Netherlands went
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But we were also busy in Utrecht. These are still impressive images from above.Avatar
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Organization is satisfied
The organizer of the protest in Utrecht is satisfied with the progress, reports AD Utrecht .
"The corona measures were well followed. Now attention is finally being paid to the real message," said a spokesperson for Keti Koti Utrecht, organization behind the protest.
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Jaarbeursplein in #Utrecht is slowly emptying after the anti-racism protest.Avatar
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3,500 demonstrators present in Utrecht
According to the municipality of Utrecht, more than 3,500 demonstrators were present. "Also take into account a distance of 1.5 meters when you leave. Follow the instructions of the organization, traffic controllers and police," the municipality writes on Twitter .
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Demonstration in Utrecht to an end
The last speaker in Utrecht has finished his speech. There are still some instructions on how to leave the Jaarbeursplein corona proof and the anti-racism protest in Utrecht - just like the one in Nijmegen and Enschede - has ended, reports NU.nl reporter Job van der Plicht.
"Let's promise each other that we're going to change the world," are one of the last words to echo across the square.
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The final speaker of the protest is announced. Meanwhile, the Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen occasionally appears behind a window of the city office. He will see that the 1.5 meter rule is neatly observed.Avatar
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Rain does not prevent Utrecht from demonstrating
It will rain lightly during the anti-racism protest in Utrecht, according to NU.nl reporter Job van der Plicht. "Many people grab an umbrella or poncho, but almost everyone stays in place."
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The police are closing the Jaarbeursplein. It is full and if people are added, that would not be responsible, says an agent. Demonstrators who still want to be sent away on the square.Avatar
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The (still) Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen keeps a close eye on the demonstration from the City Office. ( Photo: Pro Shots )
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According to the organization, extra space has been made available due to the high turnout at the anti-racism protest in #Utrecht. "Don't come forward again." For the time being, the 1.5-meter rule seems to be perfectly adhered to.Avatar
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Demonstrators in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. (Photo: Pro Shots / David van Haren)
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Utrecht advises against coming to Jaarbeursplein
The municipality of Utrecht calls on people to stop coming to Jaarbeursplein. According to our reporter Job van der Plicht, the municipality has already made extra space available, due to the large turnout. However, the appropriate mutual distance seems to be adhered to.
Stop coming to the Jaarbeursplein, follow the #demonstration via https://t.co/LhUBrOge7T #utrecht #BlackLivesMatterNLAvatar
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demonstration went smoothly The Enschede municipality reports that the demonstration on Van Heekplein went quietly. Five hundred people attended the event despite the weather. Mayor Onno van Veldhuizen said in a press release: "Respect for the organizers and participants of the demonstration for the way in which they have drawn attention to the subject and defied the weather gods."
Van Veldhuizen adds that the consultations with organizers went well and that the demonstrators kept to the agreements.
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People are still walking towards Jaarbeursplein to take part in the anti-racism protest in #Utrecht. That has now been ten minutes. There are still enough crosses available to stand on.Avatar
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Foreman Kick Out Zwarte Piet opens demonstration Nijmegen
The foreman of the action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet, Jerry Afriyie, opened the demonstration in Nijmegen. Here, barrier tapes have been placed on the ground, alerting protesters to the mandatory 1.5-meter spacing.
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Demonstrators on the Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht. (Photo: DUIC / Bas van Setten)
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Still quiet on Jaarbeursplein Utrecht
The demonstration in Utrecht will start at 6.30 pm. It is still quiet twenty minutes before it has to start, reports our reporter Job van der Plicht. He sees that sidewalk chalk indicates where participants should stand.
Just like in Rotterdam, crosses have been made with sidewalk chalk to guarantee the 1.5 meter distance between protesters. Some are not very visible anymore due to the showers.Avatar
yesterday at 5:48 PM
Demonstrators at Van Heekplein in Enschede
On the Van Heekplein, the demonstration against racism has started. On Twitter it can be seen that demonstrators still keep 1.5 meters away from each other. A speech is given from the center of the square.
#blm @TCTEnschede @Gem_Enschede #Enschede #vanheekplein #demonstrationAvatar
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On a Washington street near the White House, protesters painted 'Black Lives Matter' in huge letters.
Wow, it's done! New “Black Lives Matter” Mural painted in #WashingtonDC on road to White House (16th St.) They started at 3:00 am & just finished. Mayor Bowser approved it:Avatar
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In Utrecht, crosses indicate where the demonstrators can stand so that they remain 1.5 meters apart.
Clear 1.5 meter points again. #BlackLivesMatternl demo in UtrechtAvatar
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Two officers from the American city of Buffalo were suspended on Thursday evening after they knocked over a 75-year-old man earlier in the day during the Black Lives Matter protests in the city. The man fell on the back of his head and was seriously injured.
Man seriously injured after push by police during demonstration in Buffalo
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Trump's tribute to Floyd blocked on Twitter
More news around the US president, as a tribute to George Floyd from Donald Trump's campaign team has been blocked by Twitter. A copyright claim has been received on the video.
It is not clear whether it is a claim about, for example, the music, or a person who is mistakenly seen in the video. The images were online since June 3.
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Trump shares letter calling protesters terrorists
US President Donald Trump shared a letter on Twitter on Thursday describing Black Lives Matter protesters as "terrorists using hate-filled students to destroy things."
This is a letter from Trump's former lawyer John Dowd, which may have been addressed to former Defense Secretary James Mattis. The latter expressed strong criticism of Trump on Wednesday for his policy surrounding the protests.
Various action groups and veterans have responded critically to sharing the letter. "Putting US citizens as terrorists while exercising their demonstration rights violates its duty to protect US law," CNN quotes .
I thought this letter from respected retired Marine and Super Star lawyer, John Dowd, would be of interest to the American People. Read it!Avatar
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Not only in Washington DC has curfew been lifted Thursday night, protesters in Los Angeles can take to the streets at night without breaking the rules.
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In Washington DC, many people were on the move again on Thursday to protest against systematic racism and police brutality against African Americans. (Photo: Pro Shots )
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8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence for Floyd
During a Minneapolis commemoration for George Floyd, Pastor Al Sharpton urged those present to be silent for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. For nearly nine minutes, an officer pressed his knee to Floyd's neck during his arrest on May 25. Floyd did not survive that action and has become the catalyst for the unrest that has gripped the United States for ten days.
Sharpton, also a political activist, said that Floyd had died not of underlying heart problems, but of a non-functioning American legal system. "It's time to get up in George's name and say, take your knee off our neck."
Rev. Al Sharpton calls for an 8 minute and 46 second moment of reflection and silence at the memorial service for George Floyd, the amount of time the arresting officer's knee was on Floyd's neck, according to prosecutors. https://t.co/03viM8Isf8Avatar
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Protests in the US are peaceful
The tenth day of the consecutive protest in the United States has been relatively quiet.
In the capital Washington DC, thousands of people had gathered at the Lincoln monument, but a heavy thunderstorm threw a spanner in the works. Yet many have entered the night protesting. Washington DC has abolished curfew. People were also near the White House, which was further barricaded with fences and concrete barriers.
Demonstrations in New York, Atlanta, Denver, Detroit and Los Angeles passed during the day without many incidents. In the New York City neighborhood of Manhattan, police have started to arrest people after curfew starts.
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In Buffalo, New York, an unarmed 75-year-old man was pushed by two police officers and fell, lying motionless without being shot to the rescue. Police first said that the man had tripped, but only after seeing the video did an investigation begin and the officers were suspended. Please note: the images may be shocking.
Just about an hour ago, police officers shove man in Niagara Square to the ground (WARNING: Graphic). Video from: @MikeDesmondWBFOAvatar
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Kanye West joins a demonstration in Chicago.
Kanye West joins protest in Chicago @nbcchicagoAvatar
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In Minneapolis, a private memorial service was held on Thursday for George Floyd, the man who was killed on May 25 after a police officer pressed a knee to his neck for minutes on his arrest. Next Tuesday, Floyd will be buried in Houston.
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Curfew withdrawn in Washington DC
In the capital of the United States, Washington DC, the city council withdrew the curfew on Thursday. There is also no more force majeure to police and National Guard around the White House.
The streets of DC are the responsibility of the city police. Except for the area around the White House, which is secured by the federal police, who have put an extra fence around the entire complex. Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser objected on Thursday that federal police and other security guards were advancing further into the city on Wednesday night.
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Civil rights movement sues Trump
The American civil rights movement ACLU is going to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement against, among others, President Donald Trump and Justice Minister William Barr for violently expelling peaceful protesters last Monday.
Protesters in the White House park were expelled by federal forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades. They paved the way for a photo opportunity of Trump posing in front of St. John's Church with a Bible in his hand.
"The President's shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked and frankly criminal attack on protesters for disagreeing with their views shakes the foundations of our nation's constitutional order," said the ACLU. One of the prosecutors added, "What happened on Monday night here in the country's capital was an affront to all of our rights."
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Prime Minister Rutte: I have also started to think differently about Zwarte Piet
In recent years, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has started to think differently about the appearance of Zwarte Piet. "I also belonged to the group that said: Black Pete is simply black," the prime minister said in the Chamber on Thursday evening, which included debating anti-discrimination protests.
Rutte made the revelation after discussing the use of the term "institutional racism". On Wednesday, the prime minister acknowledged after questions about the protests that "systematic racism" is also a problem in the Netherlands. People of different origins, beliefs or sexual orientation are not always given equal opportunities, but institutional racism called the prime minister "sociological jargon".
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GTA Online and Red Dead Online temporarily offline to honor George Floyd
The online parts of the Grand Theft Auto 5 ( GTA 5 ) and Red Dead Redemption 2 games were temporarily offline on Thursday from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM . The game publisher wants to commemorate the late black American George Floyd.
Rockstar Games draws attention to the Black Lives Matter movement with the action. "We hope you join us after the commemoration to honor the many victims of racism in the US by supporting their families and supporting everyone who took to the streets," the company said.