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Huge crowd of George Floyd protesters in Iowa kneel in poignant silence for nine minutes

This is the poignant moment a huge group of protesters kneel in silence for nine minutes to mark the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.

White police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds last week, despite Floyd's desperate repeated pleas for help crying, 'I can't breathe'. Floyd passed out and later died. 

His death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans sparking outrage and protests country-wide.

But in stark contrast to scenes of rioting and looting over the weekend, protesters in Union Park, Iowa, took to their knees in complete silence.

The moving scene was shared on Twitter captioned 'a community coming together in solidarity'. 

This is the poignant moment a huge group of protesters in Iowa kneel in silence for nine minutes to mark the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd

In stark contrast to scenes of rioting and looting over the weekend, protesters in Union Park, Iowa, took to their knees in complete silence

Footage showed white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck last week. Floyd (pictured) passed out and later died.

The demonstrations up and down the country have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn't been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Tens of thousands of people gathered nation-wide as the National Guard was deployed to over half the states in the country on Sunday.

Protests that have seen 4,100 people get arrested this weekend alone.

But the threat of heavy police presence didn't deter demonstrators in Washington D.C. where a fire was set in the historic St. John's Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park in front of the White House late Sunday.

It is not clear how the fire started in the church, which was opened in 1816, but it was put out shortly after 11pm. 

At least 40 cities have imposed curfews in light of the riots and violence and National Guard members have been activated in 26 states and Washington, DC.

The moving scene (pictured) was shared on Twitter captioned 'a community coming together in solidarity'

Chaos continued to unfold in cities across America late Sunday night including Washington DC, just steps from the White House, where police and Secret Service deployed tear gas as they faced off with protesters during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd

Police and Secret Service pictured standing guard in front of the White House as protesters edge closer on Sunday 

Demonstrators pictured flipping a car over and smashing its class windows during a protest near the White House on Sunday

A protester raises their first near a fire outside the White House as protests engulfed the country for another night 

Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter (left). A viral video (right) captured the moment Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck while the handcuffed suspect repeatedly cried out that he couldn't breathe and ultimately suffocated 

Washington state governor Jay Inslee was among those to send for the National Guard after vandalism and looting in multiple cities, calling the riots 'illegal and dangerous' but adding they should not 'detract from the anger so many feel at the deep injustice laid so ugly and bare by the death of George Floyd'.

In total at least five people have been killed in protest violence after gunfire rang out in Detroit and Indianapolis and in Omaha a 22-year-old black protester was killed in a struggle with a local business owner.

Two Atlanta police officers were fired Sunday after video emerged showing them using excessive force during protests this weekend, including tasing and dragging two college students from a car.  

The protests spread globally over the weekend with 23 people arrested in London yesterday as thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully marched on the US Embassy in London.

Hundreds more took to the streets of Cardiff and Manchester.

The historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC was set ablaze in protests on Sunday. Police form a line in front of the church late Sunday

By Sunday night the church was engulfed in orange flames, but it's not clear how the blaze started

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