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Floyd latest: 'Largest' Washington DC rally underway

June 6, 2020

The US capital is expecting up to 200,000 people to attend the largest demo yet against police brutality. Meanwhile, George Floyd is being mourned in his North Carolina hometown. Follow DW for the latest.

USA: Black Lives Matter Protest in Washington D.C.
Image: Getty Images/AFP/R. Schmidt
  • Military vehicles and soldiers closed off much of downtown Washington DC ahead of the planned march
  • Police in Paris have banned three protests; one near the Eiffel Tower, two others outside the US Embassy
  • Germany and Britain have seen large turnouts in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are no longer under curfew; the state of Minnesota says it will start sending state troopers and National Guard members back home

All times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)

19:42 Thousands of protesters are gathering on the streets of US capital, Washington DC, for what is expected to be the largest demonstration in the city against police brutality since the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25.

Washington, like many cities in the US, has seen daily protests over the past week. They have been largely peaceful, with people in the capital marching back and forth from the White House to the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.

According to a tweet from the capital's traffic police, there were around 6,000 protesters split between the Lincoln Memorial and in front of the White House, by midday. Officials said they expected crowds of between 100,000 to 200,000, despite soaring temperatures.

Protesters close to the White House held banners and signs that read "no peace without justice," "stop racism now" and "I can't breathe" – the last words of Floyd who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for close to nine minutes.

Ahead of the planned demonstration, military vehicles and officers in fatigues closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic. The White House has been fortified with new fencing and extra security precautions.

Hundreds of demonstrators who marched past the George Washington University Hospital chanted "Hands up, Don't shoot!" "We March for hope, not for hate," and "I can't breathe!"

"Our anger is not just about police brutality," tweeted DW correspondent Alexander von Nahmen, citing Roger Campbell II – one of the speakers addressing protesters at the Lincoln memorial.

Similar demonstrations took place across the world on Saturday, with huge turnouts in Berlin, London.

18:09 Hundreds of mourners are lining up to pay respects to George Floyd at a memorial service and public viewing at church in Raeford, North Carolina, close to his hometown of Fayetteville.

The line of people waiting to view the 46-year-old's coffin included families with young children and teenagers.

One young woman wore a green and gold graduation cap and gown as she walked beside her parents. Many in the line wore face masks.

When the hearse bearing Floyd's coffin arrived, some mourners chanted "Black Power," "George Floyd" and "No justice, no peace," from beneath the covered entrance.

The unarmed African-American was killed by a US police officer last week, who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Four officers have been arrested, with one facing murder charges, and the others for aiding and abetting.

Sometimes-violent protests have been taking place across the US, and globally, since his death on May 25.

Read more: Why police in the US are so powerful

17:26 Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been arraigned on felony assault charges after a viral video showed them pushing an elderly protestor who fell at an anti-racism demonstration.

The video, which collectively has millions of views, shows officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino. Gugino, a longtime community activist, then fell and struck his head on the sidewalk.

The officers have been suspended without pay and are being investigated after a local radio station released the video. 

Both officers pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault during the virtual hearing with the Buffalo City Court, the Buffalo News reported. 

Gugino is reportedly still in recovery in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he has not asked for the officers to be fired. "It is very important that the officers know they are getting due process," Brown said. "Our information was that the individual was an agitator."

14:47 French police have banned a third protest in Paris planned for Saturday to condemn alleged police abuses in the wake of George Floyd's death. Police cited a risk of spreading COVID-19 and fears of public unrest.

The police decree noted that social distancing regulations ban gatherings of more than 10 people.

Online posts called for people to gather Saturday afternoon in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Paris police had previously also banned two other planned gatherings outside the US Embassy.

Several hundred protesters, some holding "Black Lives Matters" signs, nonetheless gathered on Place de la Concorde, close to the Embassy.

Police had installed a long barrier across the square to prevent access to the embassy, which is also close to the Elysee presidential palace.

14:20 Fresh anti-racism protests have kicked off across Germany, with demonstrators filling up city centers from Berlin to Dusseldorf. 

Thousands gathered in Alexanderplatz in Berlin's city center, holding signs that said "Black Lives Matter” and "No justice, no peace.”

"The #Alex is packed. No more people are being allowed in. Distancing is not possible,” one user tweeted.

Protests in Cologne, Münster and Nuremberg also drew large crowds, along with smaller cities such as Flensburg in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Read more: Germany struggles to face its own police racism

A protester with a Black Lives Matter face mask
Image: Getty Images/AFP/T. Schwarz

13:28 Thousands of people have rallied central London against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd.


Gathering in Parliament Square, a traditional venue for protests, the demonstrators ``took the knee'' in silence and then chanted Floyd's name before applauding his memory.

The demonstrators have ignored advice from the government and police to avoid attending because of the coronavirus. In England, gatherings are limited to groups of six, provided people stick to social distancing guidelines of 2 meters (6.5 feet) apart. Though social distancing was not possible given the numbers attending, many protesters wore face coverings.

Demonstrations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement also are taking place in Manchester, Cardiff in Wales and other UK cities.

07:37 A US judge ordered Denver police to halt their use of tear gas, stun grenades, plastic bullets and other "less-than-lethal" measures against protesters following a lawsuit filed by campaigners against police brutality. The police "failed in its duty to police its own," said Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

Following the death of George Floyd in police custody last week, crowds gathered around the Colorado Capitol building to protest racism and police brutality. While the protests were mostly peaceful, some of the participants broke windows of the state Supreme Court building and a nearby museum, and several stores were looted.

In their lawsuit, four activists involved in the protests admitted that some participants "engaged in destructive behavior" but noted that the local police "engaged in injurious riot control tactics without issuing clear warning and orders to disperse."

In the ruling, the judge said it was a "more than a fair trade" to have a store's window broken instead of breaking a protester's facial bones.

"These are peaceful demonstrators, journalists, and medics who have been targeted with extreme tactics meant to suppress riots, not to suppress demonstrations,"  he said in the ruling.

Denver police spokesman Tyrone Campbell said the police would comply with the order.

06:58 The death of a five-year-old black boy triggered a protest in Brazil after the child fell to his death while entrusted to the care of a white woman.

Hundreds of protesters rallied against racism in the coastal city of Recife, echoing the outrage triggered by the killing of George Floyd in the US. Brazilian protesters displaying signs reading "Vidas negras importam", the Portuguese version of the "Black Lives Matter" slogan.

According to local media, the five-year-old lost his life after his mother took him to the apartment of her white employer on Tuesday. While the mother left to take the family dog for a walk, she left the child in the care of the other woman. Security camera footage shows the employer interacting with the boy as he stands inside an elevator, then pushing the button for the top floor and leaving him alone. After reaching the ninth floor of the high-rise building, the boy reportedly climbed out of the window and fell.

On Saturday, protesters marched from the local court to the building where the child lost his life.

"It's important to be at this protest, because [the boy's] life represents the reality of lots of other black kids, the children of domestic workers," said protester Nathalia Ferreira. "He could have been any one of us."

06:56 Thousands of Australians have taken to the streets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other cities to protest the killing of George Floyd and police treatment of Aboriginal people in the country. While the country still enforces social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus, protesters in Sydney won a last-minute court decision allowing the march to proceed. The rally in Melbourne was banned, but the rally has still gone ahead. The participants chanted "No justice, no peace!" with some of them attempting to maintain distance while marching through Australia's second most populous city, according to The Age daily.

Police in Brisbane handed out face masks with other officials providing hand sanitizer.

05:56 Here is a summary of the most recent key events linked with the killing of George Floyd:

Washington DC ended the state of emergency as the violence subsided at protests against police brutality. Mayor Muriel Bowser called on Trump to remove federal security forces from the national capital. In a show of support to the protesters, Bowser announced the city's 16th street near the White House would be renamed to "Black Lives Matter Plaza." The slogan "Black Lives Matter" has also been painted on the street in giant block letters.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee to show solidarity with the protests at an anti-racism rally, while onlookers chanted: "Stand up to Trump! Stand up to Trump!" In France, police banned demonstrations that had been scheduled outside the US Embassy in Paris and on the lawns near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday. Other rallies in countries around the world are expected to proceed later on Saturday.

A group of UN human rights experts slammed "modern-day racial terror lynchings" they said African-Americans still face in the US, urging the government to tackle "systemic racism and racial bias" in the US criminal justice system and ensure accountability when police use excessive force.

The authorities in Minneapolis, where Floyd was choked to death while in police custody last week, officially ended its curfew and said they would start sending back state troopers and the members of the national guard. The city has pledged to forbid police chokeholds and require officers to intervene on any occasion they witness unauthorized force by another officer.

US President Donald Trump said that every American must receive "equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender, or creed."

"Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying: 'This is a great thing happening for our country.' A great day for him, a great day for everybody," Trump told reporters. "This is a great, great day in terms of equality."

03:35 Facebook said it had removed about 200 accounts linked to white supremacist groups from Instagram and Facebook. The US social media giant took the action as the groups had encouraged people to attend protests with weapons. The accounts were connected to the Proud Boys and the American Guard, two far-right organizations.

Facebook said it was already monitoring activity on the accounts and removed them after it saw posts to exploit the protests against racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd. The latest action follows the removal of some other accounts earlier this week which were trying to manipulate public opinion during elections in Africa and the Middle East. Some of the accounts were fake and had hundreds of followers.

03:10 The first of a number of Black Lives Matter rallies in Australia have begun amid possible clashes between protesters and law enforcers in Sydney after a court sided with police that the rally posed too much risk for spreading the novel coronavirus.

A rally in Adelaide was being held to honor George Floyd but also to protest against the deaths of Indigenous Australians in custody. Likewise, in Sydney, where thousands of citizens were expected to demonstrate. However, New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Des Fagan stated on Friday that the gathering was not an authorized public assembly and therefore should not go ahead.

"I don't diminish the importance of the issues and no one would deny them in normal circumstances. No one denies them that but we're talking about a situation of a health crisis."

02:45 Minneapolis and St. Paul have officially lifted their curfews and the state of Minnesota, where both cities are located, is planning to start sending back state troopers and members of the National Guard.

The two cities experienced unrest that included store break-ins late last week following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. However, the anger has subsided somewhat and the protests have evolved into a more peaceful movement, such as the ones that involved 1,000 protesters in St. Paul and hundreds more near the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz credited peaceful protests for provoking a rapid response from the Minneapolis Police Department. On Friday, the city agreed to forbid chokeholds and neck restraints as a civil rights investigation of the department gets underway.

02:05 The words "Black Lives Matter" have been painted in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House in Washington, DC.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has clashed with President Donald Trump over his handling of the protests in the United States, said the painting by city workers and local artists that runs for two blocks is a sign of support and solidarity with Americans outraged over the killing of George Floyd.

"We know what's going on in our country. There is a lot of anger. There is a lot of distrust of police and the government," the mayor said at a press conference. "There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen and to have their humanity recognized. We had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city."

USA | Protest | Stadt Washington lässt “Black Lives Matter” hinter das Weiße Haus malen
A street near the White House was designated Black Lives Matter PlazaImage: Reuters/J. Roberts

01:45 Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his Nike-backed Jordan Brand have pledged to donate $100 million (€88.5 million) over the next 10 years in support of racial equality and social justice.

"Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement," read the joint statement from Jordan and his firm. "Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people."

Part of the initiative involves creating greater access to education for minorities.

Earlier in the week, Michael Jordan said: "I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.

"I don't have the answers, but our collective voices show strength, and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality."

00:35  In the United States, the National Football League (NFL) has admitted it was wrong in not recognizing black players' rights to protest against racial injustice.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made a mistake over its reaction to a kneeling protest in 2016 led by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The killing of George Floyd last week has renewed scrutiny of the way the NFL treats its black players, particularly over its lack of support for Kaepernick over the past four years.

Now the NFL has backtracked on its previous stance. Goodell said in a video: "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We the National Football League believe black lives matter."

"Without black players, there would be no National Football League," he said without mentioning Kaepernick by name.

The 32-year-old, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, did not renew his contract with the club when it expired in at the beginning of 2017. He has not played in the NFL since.

00:02 Protesters who have taken to the streets since George Floyd's death last week have promised to turn momentary grief into a sustained movement to address racial injustice.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died while in police custody, the city has agreed to forbid police chokeholds and require officers to intervene on any occasion they witness unauthorized force by another officer.

The City Council was expected to ratify the agreement, which will be enforceable in court.

Meanwhile, the nationwide protests have continued into an 11th day, with equal determination for justice, as the calls for an equal society grow ever louder.

At Floyd's memorial in Minneapolis on Thursday, the Reverend Al Sharpton set out plans for a commemorative march on Washington in August, vowing that the movement will not relent in its goal to "change the whole system of justice."

Floyd's body has now moved to North Carolina, his state of birth, for a public viewing and private service for family members on Saturday.

Americans support the protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd by a margin of almost 2-to-1, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey, with most viewing the 46-year-old's death as part of a worrying trend in police treatment of black people.

23:37 A group of 66 United Nations human rights experts issued a stinging rebuke of the "modern-day racial terror lynchings" they said African-Americans still have to endure in the United States.

The group released two joint statements in response to the death of George Floyd and a number of other killings of black people in the United States.

Many of those incidents have been seen online and "shock the conscience and evoke the very terror that the lynching regime in the United States was intended to inspire," the group said. "Given the track record of impunity for racial violence of this nature in the United States, Black people have good reason to fear for their lives."

The UN experts added that policing in the US remains tainted by a "legacy of racial terror" whose origins began with "slave patrols and social control."

The group demanded the US government addresses the "systemic racism and racial bias in the country's criminal justice system by launching independent investigations and ensuring accountability in all cases of excessive use of force by police."

The monitors also lambasted US President Donald Trump's response to the protests, which has included "threatening more state violence using language directly associated with racial segregationists from the nation's past, who worked hard to deny black people fundamental human rights."

22:50 Police in France banned demonstrations scheduled outside the US Embassy in Paris and on the lawns near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday. The protests are among the many taking place around the world following the death of George Floyd in the United States last week. 

The Paris police department said it decided to ban the demonstrations because of the risks of social disorder and health dangers from large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Unrest followed another anti-police demonstration in the French capital on Wednesday. Thousands had turned up despite a police ban on the event in memory of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black Frenchman who died in a 2016 police operation which some have likened to Floyd's death.

22:35 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee to show solidarity with protesters during an anti-racism rally in the country's capital, Ottawa, while onlookers chanted: "Stand up to Trump! Stand up to Trump!"

The rally was one of several taking place across Canada prompted by the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Wearing a black face mask to protect against the novel coronavirus, Trudeau applauded and nodded in agreement as a speaker demanded people must choose to be either "a racist or an anti-racist."

22:00 Manhattan's district attorney said his office will not prosecute those arrested for breaking the city's curfew while participating in protests against racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

Cy Vance said the decision not to prosecute charges of unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct "in the interest of justice."

"The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve," he said in a statement.

New York, like other cities across the United States, has been beset by protests and unrest following the death of Floyd, a black man, who died last week after a white officer restrained him by holding his knee to Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while three other officers stood nearby.


21:45 US President Donald Trump has courted further controversy with his social media posts. This time Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all disabled Trump posts of a tribute video to George Floyd due to copyright issues.

His campaign team posted a clip showing images and video footage of protest marches and examples of violence in the aftermath of Floyd's death, with Trump speaking in the background.

As a result, a number of complaints were submitted and a Twitter representative said: "We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives."

Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it took down the video after receiving the creator's copyright complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

"Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are expected to have the right to do so," Facebook said via an official statement.

20:53 All 57 members of a police tactical unit in Buffalo, New York, have resigned from their team to object to the suspension of two colleagues who were filmed pushing a 75-year-old man to the pavement. Several officers had walked past the elderly man without attending him as he bled from his head and ear.

Local media quoted Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans as saying the officers were simply doing their job, and that their colleagues on the team had resigned from the special unit in protest at their suspension without pay. Evans could not be reached for comment, the Associated Press reported.

20:17 Donald Trump was greeted by demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd during a campaign visit to Maine in the northeast United States.

"It's not the right time for him to be coming to our state," said Marie Follayttar, director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership which helped organize the protest.

Maine Governor Janet Mills told Trump earlier this week that she had "security concerns" over his visit, to which Trump replied that made him more determined to come.

20:00 Dr. Jay Varkey, a specialist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia fears that police are spreading the new coronavirus by spraying tear gas on demonstrators.

"When I see the wide use of things like tear gas or pepper bombs that by its nature cause people to immediately rub their eyes, that causes me tremendous consternation in terms of the risk of what that could cause in terms of infection transmission during a pandemic," Varkey said.

Varkey also said that confining people in small spaces dramatically increases the risk of infection.

19:40 California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching carotid holds, saying the restraining technique has no place in the 21st century.

The technique, which involves wrapping one's arms around a person's neck and can block blood flow to the brain, was used on George Floyd during his arrest before he died in police custody.

19:24 Two-thirds of Americans think that Donald Trump has increased tensions with his handling of the George Floyd demonstrations, according to a poll conducted by public broadcasters NPR and PBS and the New York-based Marist College.

Trump's approval rating has remained relatively unchanged, sitting at 41% — down just two percentage points from the last NPR/PBS/Marist poll. However, 47% said they "strongly disapprove" of the job he's doing as president.

19:06 Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has given up his seat on the social news aggregator's board and has urged other members to replace him with a black candidate.

Ohanian, the husband of tennis star Serena Williams, also said he would "use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community," beginning with a $1 million (€885,413) donation to Know Your Rights Camp, a charity founded by former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.

18:51 American police officers in two US cities have found themselves under investigation over incidents in and around protests relating to Floyd's killing.

Two officers were suspended in Buffalo, New York after a video depicted the pair shoving a 75-year-old man, who fell to the ground and injured his head. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the incident "offensive and frightening."

In Indianapolis, Indiana, four police officers were captured on video using batons and pepper balls to subdue two women during a George Floyd protest in the state capital. The quartet has been reassigned to support duties pending an investigation.

17:45 Three black German footballers, including former German international Jerome Boateng, spoke to DW about how they feel about racism

Nicole Anyomi, a striker for SGS Essen in Germany's top women's division, said she was "lost for words" when hearing of Floyd's death. "We are in 2020 and racism and injustice still prevails," she told DW.

Leroy Kwadwo of third-tier side Würzburger Kickers, a victim of racist chants earlier this year, told DW that "it's common that players of different skin color or another religion are insulted and it's not publicized afterward."

Boateng told DW that everything starts with "the education of children," saying that "no child is born a racist."

Black in Berlin

17:35 Former Vice President Joe Biden has heavily criticized US President Trump for incorporating Floyd into his address on job figures.

Trump said he hoped Floyd was "looking down right now and saying: 'This is a great thing happening for our country.'"

"George Floyd's last words — 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe' — echoed all across this nation and, quite frankly, around the world. For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd I frankly think is despicable," said Biden, who is set to square off against Trump in this year's presidential election as the Democratic nominee.

17:24 Minneapolis, the city where Floyd was choked to death by a police officer, has agreed with the state of Minnesota to ban police chokeholds and require police to report and intervene anytime they see unauthorized use of force by another officer.

The agreement also requires the police chief or a designated deputy chief to authorize the use of crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons and marking rounds. Decisions to discipline officers also must be made in a timely fashion.

Minneapolis' City Council is expected to ratify the measures later Friday.

Read more: Germany struggles to face its own police racism

16:56 Facebook said it has not detected any foreign interference targeting US protests related to Floyd's killing.

US Attorney General William Barr had claimed that foreign groups were using online disinformation campaigns similar to those mounted by Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

"We have been actively looking and we haven't yet seen foreign interference or domestic coordinated inauthentic behavior targeting these protests," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters in a conference call.

"We want to caution people against jumping to conclusions without clear evidence of foreign interference."

16:38 City workers in Washington have painted "Black Lives Matter" in yellow letters on the street leading to the White House.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser posted an aerial video of the text, which she dedicated to Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky.

16:35 Authorities in the city of Mobile, Alabama removed a statue of a Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes without notice. Its removal followed days of protests, and more demonstrations calling for it to be taken down were scheduled for Sunday.

The Confederacy was a bloc of slave-holding states that battled US troops in the American Civil War of the 19th century. Statues of Confederate figures erected after the war have sparked controversy in the US, many criticizing they symbolize the systemic racism in America.

16:24 South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) is launching a "Black Friday" campaign in response to Floyd's "heinous murder" and "institutionalized racism" in the US, at home, in China and "wherever it rears its ugly head.

The campaign, which calls on South Africans to wear black on Fridays in solidarity, is also meant to highlight "deaths by citizens at the hands of security forces" in the country.

"The demon of racism remains a blight on the soul of our nation," the ANC said in a statement.

South Africa remains one of the most racially divided countries in the world a quarter of a century after the racist system of apartheid. 

16:01 People around the world took to the streets again in protests related to Floyd's killing. In Germany, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Frankfurt and Hamburg protested against racism, holding signs with slogans such as: "Your Pain Is My Pain, Your Fight Is My Fight."

Read more: Germany: Thousands attend anti-racism protests honoring George Floyd

In London, several dozen people gathered in Trafalgar Square, with many in the British capital wearing masks and some kneeling in solidarity.

Deutschland Hamburg | Protest | George Floyd
Protesters kneel and hold signs outside the US consulate in HamburgImage: Getty Images/S. Franklin

Demonstrators also gathered outside the US Embassy in Vienna, Austria, holding banners with slogans such as "There are no races just one species" and "Racism is the Real Virus."

Several more protests are expected in Berlin, London, Brussels and Barcelona and Madrid in Spain on Saturday and Sunday. In Paris, French police have banned a planned demonstration in front of the US embassy on Saturday.

Read more: George Floyd latest: Memorials take place across the US

15:53 Washington Mayor Bowser announced the renaming 16th street near the White House to "Black Lives Matter Plaza." She posted a video on her Twitter account depicting a city worker changing the sign.

15:49 Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has ended a state of emergency in the American capital and called for Trump to remove federal forces from the district. 

"The protests have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest," Bowser wrote in a letter she posted on her Twitter account.

"The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing black Americans."

15:36 Earlier Friday, Twitter blocked a Trump campaign tribute video over a copyright claim, adding to a growing feud between the social media platform and the US president. The video, still visible on YouTube, contained pictures of Floyd and Trump soundbites calling his death a "grave tragedy" and stating "it should never have happened."

15:05 Trump said he was "suggesting to some governors that are too proud ... Don't be proud. Get the job done. You'll end up doing much better in the end, calling the National Guard. Call me.

"You have to dominate the streets. You can't let what's happening, happen," he said in remarks at the White House Rose Garden.

15:01 US President Donald Trump has told a press conference that all citizens have to receive equal treatment from law enforcement. He appeared to suggest that the protests following Floyd's death were now over.

"Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying: 'This is a great thing happening for our country.' A great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody."

15:00 Welcome to DW's rolling coverage of the protests sweeping the US and the rest of the world in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African American died in Minneapolis last week after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, despite crying out "I can't breathe." Since then, the US has experienced its worst civil unrest since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

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