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New Zealand protesters perform traditional dance as BLM demonstrations continue around the world

Black Lives Matter protesters performed the Haka in New Zealand on Thursday as part of demonstrations that are spreading around the world following the death of George Floyd in the U.S. on May 25.

The Haka is a ceremonial dance performed in Māori culture, made famous largely by the New Zealand national Rugby Union team who perform it before the start of each match. 

It is often seen as an intimidating traditional battle cry, but the Haka fulfills a variety of social functions in Māori culture, such as to welcome distinguished guests or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.

A video of the young protesters performing the Haka at a Black Lives Matter protest has been shared online in Christchurch.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND: A group of young activists perform the Haka - a traditional Māori dance - at a Black Lives Matter protest. The Haka is a ceremonial dance performed in Māori culture for a number of different social occasions

The Haka is famous largely by the New Zealand national Rugby Union team who perform it before the start of each match, but is also performed in 

To begin with, three men start the dance while standing in the centre of a ring formed by the activists, who are holding signs with messages including 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Justice for George'.

More people quickly join in, and by the end of the video, a chorus of voices are heard chanting, thumping their legs and arms.

The video is another example showing how far-reaching the Black Lives Matter movement has become in the ten days since Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

WARSAW, POLAND: Demonstrators protest with banners against racism in front of the US embassy in Warsaw on June 4, 2020 in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd

WARSAW, POLAND: Demonstrators kneel down in protest and hold banners against racism in front of the US embassy in Warsaw on June 4, 2020

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Demonstrators, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus infection, chant slogans as they hold banners and placards during a protest near the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on June 4, 2020

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: A protester holds up a picture of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd, side-by-side with an image of an Israeli soldier kneeling on the head of a Palestinian man

DORTMUND, GERMANY: The players of Borussia Dortmund kneel down in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement during a training session on June 4, 2020

A video of the arrest on on May 25, in which Chauvin knelt of Floyd's neck for over eight minutes until he died, went viral, sparking protests across the U.S against police brutality, which have now spread to a number of other countries either standing in solidarity with the U.S. or to protest their own experience of the issue.

Chauvin and the three other police officers involved in the incident - officers Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao - have all been fire from their jobs and charged.

Chauvin's charge has been increased to second degree murder from initially being third degree. The other three have all been charged with aiding and abetting murder for their involvement in Floyd's death.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Several thousands of people gathered in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg under the mottos 'Black Lives matter', 'I can't breathe' and 'No Justice, No Peace'. People paid tribute to Georges Floyd killed by police in Minneapolis ten days ago and Adama Traore killed by French police four years ago

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Protesters hold a banner during a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd. The sign held up by these three women read 'Black Lives Matter - Now and Always'

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Protesters hold up a banner in Vienna with messages including 'Black Lives Matter' and 'No human is illegal'

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Large crowds gathered in Austia's capital city, with a number of young protesters holding banners. Some, in English, said simply 'Stop racism' and 'There's only one race: Human race', while another in German read: 'Fur eine welt ohne rassismus -For a world without racism', June 4 2020

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Another group of protesters pictured in Vienna, demonstrating in solidarity over the death of George Floyd. One woman holds a sign that says: 'I understand that I will never understand, however, I stand'

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: A man speaks to protestors at a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd. The man reads a list of names of Black people who have been victims of police brutality

While the vast majority of protests have been peaceful demonstrations, some have turned violent, seeing clashes between police using heavy handed tactics against protesters, while some looting has also taken place.

This has resulted in the U.S. imposing curfews in a number of its cities while an on-going war-of-words between the country's president and critics continues over how best to handle the crisis, with Trump saying governors should accept military assistance.

In addition to New Zealand, Black Lives Matter protests have been seen today in the UK, Poland, France and Turkey. In Germany, football team Borussia Dortmund knelt down in the shape of a heart during a training session in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Protests were also seen yesterday in the UK, Denmark, Greece, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Italy to name a few.

BIRMINGHAM, UK: A person is seen wearing a mask during a Black Lives Matter protest in Centenary Square in Birmingham, with the words 'My son's lives matter' written on it

BIRMINGHAM, UK: People gather during a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Centenary Square in Birmingham. A young black person sits on a man's shoulders with sign that read 'When do I change from cute to scary'

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