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Protests demanding justice for George Floyd continue to sweep across the globe

Protests over the death of George Floyd continue to sweep across the globe with rallies from the Netherlands to Australia in an act of global solidarity for US demonstrators embroiled in riots. 

For more than a week swarms of people have flocked outside US embassies and taken to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd - the unarmed black man who gasped 'I can't breathe' when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday.

The rallies show no signs of easing off, as demonstrators continue to defy social distancing rules and protest the latest African-American death in US police custody which has sparked outrage across the world. 

Thousands upon thousands of placards saying 'We see you America and we are with you', 'black lives matter', and 'who polices the police?' were held high in the air across the globe as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the peace. 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Protesters take part in a Black Lives Matter march in Stockholm in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed during an arrest on May 25

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS:  Thousands of people flock to the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam in solidarity with the US over the killing of George Floyd last week

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Protesters were seen for miles holding placards that said 'white silence is violence' and 'black lives matter'

POZNAN, POLAND: Participants attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Poznan lay on the floor with their arms crossed behind their backs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Angry protesters hold signs that say 'Enough is enough' and 'End police brutality, black lives matter, no justice, no peace' as they rallied in solidarity with those in the US 

LONDON, UK: People hold up signs that demand 'end the war on black lives' during a Black Lives Matter protest in London

In the UK tens of thousands of people chanting 'no justice, no peace, no racist police' marched through central London to protest against racism.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck, an event that has set off the biggest anti-racism protests seen in the United States since the 1960s civil rights era.

On Parliament Square, on Trafalgar Square and at other locations, thousands knelt on one knee, a form of protest known as 'taking a knee' famously used by American footballer Colin Kaepernick to denounce police brutality against black people. 

The demonstrators booed as they walked past 10 Downing Street, official residence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and some also booed and took a knee in front of New Scotland Yard, London's police headquarters. 

Demonstrators have also come out in cities around the world from as far as Sydney in Australia in solidarity with Floyd and to express anger over racism. 

POZNAN, POLAND: A young woman is one of thousands protesting George Floyd's death as she held a yellow banner with the words 'Black Lives Matter'

LONDON, UK:  A protester rallies the crowd after climbing onto a bus shelter during an anti-racism demonstration in London

AARHUS, DENMARK: Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Aarhus protest in solidarity with US action over the death of George Floyd

PATRAS, GREECE: Two men are seen burning the US flag during the protests demanding justice for George Floyd

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Thousands of protestors defied social distancing rules as they gathered in solidarity with those rallying in the US

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: A protester holds a sign that asks 'Who polices the police' as she rallies outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen

WASHINGTON DC, US: Demonstrators kneel before police officers wearing visors to protest the death of George Floyd, near the White House

A protester holds up a sign saying depicting George Floyd, with the words, 'I can't breathe' beneath it during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park (left), while another protester (right) wars a face mask with those words written on it 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: People protest in solidarity with those in the US at the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd 

Former police office Derek Chauvin - who was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes - has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. 

Widespread looting and vandalism continues to spread across the US as protesters vent their anger at his death. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said 'We mourn George Floyd, and I was appalled and sickened to see what happened to him,' during the daily COVID-19 press conference.

'My message to President Trump, to everybody in the United States, from the UK is that - and it's an opinion I'm sure is shared by the overwhelming majority of people around the world - racism and racist violence has no place in our society.'

Raab appeals for US not to 'tear itself apart' over 'distressing' Floyd case

Asked about Donald Trump's response, Dominic Raab told Sky: 'I'm not going to start commenting on the commentary or indeed the press statements that other world leaders make, or indeed the US president.

'Footage of what happened to George Floyd was very distressing, as has been the scenes across America of the rioting and some of the violence.

'And what we do know is that the lead suspect has now been charged with murder, there is a federal review and we want to see de-escalation of all of those tensions and American come together.'

Later he told the BBC: 'I've long kept to the self-imposed guidance not to comment on what President Trump says or indeed other world leaders, it is not really what my job is.'

Mr Raab said he wanted to see the US 'come back together not tear itself apart over this, and of course that is a very distressing and upsetting case'. 

WASHINGTON DC, USA: Row upon row of protesters lay down among signs that said 'Protect black futures' as security forces looked on

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Demonstrators protest under the slogan Black Lives Matter, outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa as they denounced police brutality 

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: People raise their arms in the air as they protest as the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Angry protesters held signs that said 'I can't breathe '- the words that George Floyd gasped as he died when officer knelt on his neck during an arrest last Monday

The Minnesota Attorney General has reached a decision over whether or not to charge the three other cops involved in George Floyd's death, CNN is reporting. 

Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, but none have been arrested, to the dismay of Floyd and protesters around the world who say they are just as complicit because they did nothing to prevent Floyd's death. 

Sources told CNN that a decision had been reached in the case on Wednesday afternoon but there has not so far not been any announcement from Ellison's office. 

COPHENHAGEN, DENMARK: Protesters gather in front of the embassy under the heading 'I Can't Breathe' in response to the death of 46 year old George Floyd, who died in police custody

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: People appear to be trying to social distance from each other in the protest against racism and police brutality 

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: Demonstrators take part in the the Take A Knee for George Floyd solidarity protests outside St Giles' Cathedral 

HELSINKI, FINLAND: The American flag is held by three protesters as they march in a rally at Semaatti Market Square

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Demonstrators gather in Semaatti Market in Helsinki as part of a global act of solidarity against the killing of George Floyd 

Trump was rushed to White House bunker as protests raged outside 

Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker by Secret Service agents on Friday as protesters clashed with police outside, it has emerged. 

An administration official and a Republican close to the White House both confirmed that Trump had been taken to safety after the George Floyd protests reached Washington.  

It was not clear whether First Lady Melania Trump and the couple's 14-year-old son, Barron, joined the president in the bunker. 

'The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,' said White House spokesman Judd Deere. 

The underground bunker was where then-Vice President Dick Cheney was taken on September 11, 2001 as the terror attacks unfolded. President George W. Bush was in Florida when he learned of the attacks. 

There were fears that one of the planes was aiming for the White House, which led the Secret Service to seek to protect Cheney.

In the years since 9/11, the bunker has been fortified to withstand the impact of a jetliner crashing into the White House. 

LONDON, UK: Protesters kneel on the ground during the Black Lives Matter protest at Trafalgar Square

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: People gather during a solidarity demonstration for George Floyd and against police violence, at the Hauptwache in Frankfurt

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: One protestor holds a placard that says 'We all bleed the same colour' 

LONDON, UK: Tens of thousands of people gather in Hyde Park to protest against the abuse of the rights of Black people across the world and to call for an end to systemic racism and police brutalit

LONDON, UK: Protesters are seen embracing in solidarity during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Hyde Park

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