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Floyd's protests June timeline recap: Thousands turn out in the US, UK, and worldwide

Protests and demonstrations were held across the United States and the world starting from June, calling for an end to racism and police brutality in one of the largest mobilisations since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in many US cities starting from North Carolina for a memorial service for Floyd.


Several jurisdictions have been altering their use-of-force policies. California's governor ordered state police to stop teaching a controversial neck restraint, Minneapolis officials banned police choke and strangleholds, Seattle's mayor banned police from using tear gas in protests, and a federal judge in Denver limited police use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.


The UK health minister said anti-racism protests attended by thousands of people in London and other major British cities increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.

But here’s a more detailed timeline to have a view of the bigger picture.

A person holds a placard as demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial during a protest against the death of George Floyd in Washington, DC. Image credit Erin Scott/Reuters

Sunday, June 7

12:25 GMT - New York: Curfew lifted early after peace protests

New York City lifted its curfew spurred by protests against police brutality before schedule, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday morning.

The 8 pm citywide curfew, New York's first in decades, had been set to remain in effect through at least Sunday, with the city planning to lift it at the same time it enters the first phase of reopening after more than two months of shutdowns because of the coronavirus.

"Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city," de Blasio tweeted in his announcement of the curfew's end "effective immediately". "Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart."

The move followed New York City police pulling back on enforcing the curfew on Saturday as thousands took to the streets and parks to protest against police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.


12:15 GMT - Minneapolis mayor jeered after refusing to back abolishing police department

The mayor of Minneapolis ran a gauntlet of angry, jeering protesters on Saturday after telling them he was opposed to their demands for defunding the city police following George Floyd's fatal encounter with law enforcement.

Mayor Jacob Frey, a former civil rights lawyer who took office two years ago promising to repair the police department's strained relations with minorities, was showered with angry chants of "go home, Jacob, go home" and "shame, shame", as he stalked away through the crowd, head bowed.


11:40 GMT - BTS, South Korean boyband, donates $1m to Black Lives Matter

Popular South Korean band BTS donated $1m to Black Lives Matter (BLM) in support of US protests against police brutality, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment.

On Thursday, the seven-member BTS wrote on its Twitter account that they are against racism and violence with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

"We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."

The hashtag went viral among the K-pop group's fans and started another wave of donations with a new hashtag, #MatchAMillion.

The seven-member band has millions of followers on social media. Image credit AFP

11:00 GMT - 14 officers injured in anti-racism protests: London police chief

Fourteen police officers were injured in "shocking and completely unacceptable" assaults during anti-racism protests in central London on Saturday, London police chief Cressida Dick said.

After a largely peaceful day, small numbers of protesters briefly clashed with mounted police on Saturday after thousands gathered to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I am deeply saddened and depressed that a minority of protesters became violent towards officers in central London yesterday evening. This led to 14 officers being injured," Dick, who is commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, said in a statement.

"The number of assaults is shocking and completely unacceptable."

The police said 13 officers were also hurt in protests earlier in the week and several arrests had been made.


10:05 GMT - Banksy supports Black Lives Matter with new work on Instagram

British artist Banksy showed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a painting he posted to his Instagram account on Saturday portraying a candle vigil under a US flag.

In the post, the secretive artist, who rose to fame for his graffiti, writes that the system is failing people of colour, and it is the responsibility of white people to fix the system, not theirs.

09:30 GMT - 'Justice for George Floyd': US protests in pictures

Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Washington, DC, and other US cities on Saturday, demanding an end to racism and brutality by law enforcement, as protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd stretched into the 12th day.

A Lincoln Memorial rally and march to the White House marked the largest outpouring yet of protests nationwide since video footage emerged showing Floyd, an unarmed Black man in handcuffs, lying face down and struggling to breathe as a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Floyd's May 25 death has sparked a storm of protests amid the coronavirus pandemic, thrusting the highly charged debate over racial justice back to the forefront of the political agenda five months before the US presidential election.

An almost festive atmosphere prevailed among protesters. Image credit Roberto Schmidt /AFP

09:00 GMT - UK minister says anti-racism protests increase risk of COVID-19 spread

Anti-racism protests attended by thousands of people in London and other major UK cities "undoubtedly" risk causing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases again, British Health Minister Matt Hancock said.

Thousands of people attended protests on Saturday to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, ignoring government advice to avoid large gatherings due to the risk from coronavirus.

Asked during an interview on Sky News whether the number attending protests made an increase in COVID-19 cases more likely, Hancock said: "It is undoubtedly a risk."

"I support very strongly the argument that is being made by those who are protesting ... but the virus itself doesn't discriminate and gathering in large groups is temporarily against the rules precisely because it increases the risk of the spread of this virus."


08:05 GMT - Australian minister calls Black Lives Matter protests 'self-indulgent'

Australians who defied public health rules and rallied in support of the US Black Lives Matter movement were reckless and self-indulgent, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.

More than 20,000 people protested in Sydney and other cities on Saturday, in solidarity with the US anger over the killing of George Floyd and calling for an end to similar deaths of Indigenous Australians.

Cormann said the protesters risked a second outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"I think it is incredibly selfish," Cormann told Sky News. "It's incredibly self-indulgent."

Australia has had 7,255 cases of the coronavirus and 102 deaths, avoiding the higher tolls seen elsewhere because of border closures and strict social distancing since March.

Protesters chanting 'Black Lives Matter' and 'George Floyd' converged on the US capital thronging the streets from the Capitol building to a barricaded White House and Lincoln Memorial. Image credit Lucas Jackson/Reuters

06:35 GMT - Senior Trump aide apologises for sharing racially-charged video

A senior aide to President Donald Trump apologised for promoting a racially charged video on her Twitter feed.

Mercedes Schlapp, a senior Trump national spokeswoman, said she "deeply apologized" for retweeting a video of a chainsaw-wielding man in Texas shouting at anti-racist protesters, in which he used a racial slur.

"I retweeted without watching the full video. I deleted the tweet. I would never knowingly promote the use of that word," Schlapp said in an email to Reuters.


06:00 GMT - Mapping anti-racism solidarity protests around the world

Thousands of people around the world have rallied in solidarity with anti-racism protests in the United States following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25.

Outside the US, large protests have also erupted in many cities around the world.


05:40 GMT - Jamaicans protest in support of Floyd

Wearing black and braving a blistering sun, Jamaicans gathered on Saturday to support global protests against police abuses sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Several hundred people stood outside the US Embassy in Kingston with signs and t-shirts reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Enough is Enough", demanding justice for Floyd as well as Jamaicans who have died at the hands of security forces.

The Kingston protests were peaceful, and police mostly stood by watching as demonstrators voiced their concerns.

According to a government-backed study, over 3,000 Jamaicans have been killed by law enforcement officials since 2000.

On Saturday, thousands attended a Black Lives Matter protest in London. Image credit John Sibley/Reuters

00:30 GMT - Protesters pour into the streets of California

Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in San Francisco, Sacramento, Simi Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles and elsewhere across California.

In Los Angeles, protesters organised by Refuse Fascism LA took over Hollywood Boulevard, chanting "Revolution, nothing less!"

In San Diego, more than 3,000 people marched downtown and faced off with officers guarding police headquarters, while a caravan of 300 cars moved past the state university there.

In Simi Valley, a protest drawing several thousand demonstrators spilt onto the street and stopped traffic on a major road through the suburban town northwest of Los Angeles. It was there that four white Los Angeles police officers were found not guilty of beating motorist Rodney King, sparking riots in 1992.


On Saturday, marchers there carried signs with messages including "We stand together" and "Change is now." Some of them thanked police officers as they passed by them.

In Huntington Beach, police officers reportedly separated protesters at a beachside rally from a few dozen counter-protesters who waved American flags and pro-Trump signs. A fight broke out amid the scrum, and one person was detained.

Demonstrations in recent days have generally been boisterous but non-violent, in contrast to last weekend when some protesters smashed windows, burned police cars and confronted cordons of riot-clad police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Gone, too, was most of the looting that ransacked dozens of stores and that authorities say appeared mainly to be the work of non-protesters.

Protesters hold posters outside the US embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Image credit Gilbert Bellamy/Reuters

Saturday, June 6

23:00 GMT - Tens of thousands march on US capital to demand change

Protesters chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "George Floyd" converged on the US capital on Saturday, thronging the streets from the Capitol building to a barricaded White House and the Lincoln Memorial, in the largest protest the city has yet seen.

Military vehicles and officers in fatigues had closed off much of downtown Washington, DC, to traffic, as protesters stirred by the death of George Floyd - who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes - flooded the streets chanting and carrying signs including "Get your knee off our necks."


The White House has been fortified with new fencing and extra security precautions. Most businesses around the downtown area have their windows boarded shut.

A man standing behind a table handed out water, snacks and paper towels to demonstrators. The few police and security officers in sight wore patrol uniforms rather than body armour and helmets and had a more relaxed posture than in days prior.

The mood across the capital seemed jubilant. The White House said the president had no public events scheduled for Saturday. It was unclear if, behind the new fence, he could hear the crowds filling the city, at one point chanting: "This is what democracy looks like."


21:45 GMT - Large protest in Seattle after criticism over dispersing peaceful protesters

A large protest kicked off in Seattle for the ninth consecutive day of protests over the death of George Floyd.

Thousands of doctors, nurses and others, many in lab coats and scrubs, marched to City Hall in demonstrations that are among the largest Seattle has seen in years.

After police were severely criticised for using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse largely peaceful crowds, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best imposed a 30-day moratorium on the department's use of one kind of tear gas.

Demonstrators protest at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Image credit Alex Brandon/The Associated Press

20:45 GMT - DC mayor tells protesters 'we pushed the army away from our city’

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined protesters gathered in the US capital, telling them "we pushed the army away from our city", according to the Washington Post.

Bowser has been a vocal proponent of the protests, naming a plaza near the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza".

Active members of the military had been stationed outside the city during previous days, while members of the National Guard had been deployed near the White House and other parts of the capital.

Bowser, in a June 4 letter, had called on Trump to withdraw the "extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence". The Pentagon soon after ordered the troops to return home.


20:00 GMT - Massive 'Black Lives Matter!' painted on a lawn in California state capital

"Black Lives Matter!" has been painted in massive letters stretching for two blocks on California's Capitol Mall, the main avenue that leads to the California State Capitol.

A local artist Demetris "BAMR" Washington urged volunteers on Friday to help paint the message, after saying he had received approval from the area's councilman.

On Saturday, the artist posted on Instagram that about 300 people had come out to help.


19:15 GMT - Protesters gather outside Trump's Florida golf resort

As protesters gathered for a 12th day in cities across the US, including New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Minneapolis, about 100 protesters gathered at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Florida.

The protest was organised by Latinos for Black Lives Matter. Many carried signs saying such things as "Vote Him Out" and "Don't Be A Bunker Boy," the latter a reference to reports that Trump went into the White House bunker when protests in Washington became more violent. Trump insists he only went briefly, for an inspection.

People take part in a silent protest in Hamburg, northern Germany, in solidarity with protests raging across the US over the death of George Floyd. Image credit Morris Mac Matzen/AFP

18:30 GMT - Thousands gather in US capital

Thousands of protesters marched in Washington, DC, as rallies across the US to protest the killing of George Floyd enter the 12th day and officials move to rein in law enforcement tactics.

Some activists have called on social media for a million people to attend Saturday's rally in the US capital. Local media has predicted tens of thousands will attend.

"This is by far the most protesters we've seen descend on the White House and make their voices heard since these protests began 12 days ago," Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reported from the protest.


18:10 GMT - UK protesters clash with mounted police

British anti-racism protesters briefly clashed with mounted police after thousands gathered in central London to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd.

After a largely peaceful day, small numbers of protesters near Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street residence threw bottles at police, and mounted officers charged at protesters to push them back.

Earlier, more than a thousand protesters marched past the US embassy on the south bank of the River Thames, blocking traffic and holding placards.


17:40 GMT - Hamburg police use pepper spray during a protest

Police in the German city of Hamburg used pepper spray on protesters and were ready to deploy water cannon as some demonstrations in support of US anti-racist protests turned ugly.

Hamburg police tweeted that several hundred "hooded and aggressive people" had put pressure on police officers in the city centre, adding: "We have already had to use pepper spray. With all due respect for emotions: attacks on police officers are unacceptable!"

At another location nearby, they said some 350 people were standing in front of police water cannons. "We regard this as an unauthorised (forbidden) meeting and now we are calling via loudspeaker announcements for people to leave."

Demonstrators attend a protest against police brutality and the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Frankfurt, Germany. Image credit Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

17:15 GMT - Mourners arrive at North Carolina memorial service for George Floyd

Hundreds of mourners have begun to gather at a church in North Carolina on Saturday for a memorial service for George Floyd in his home state.

Crowds about 100 deep lined both sides of the entrance as a hearse bearing Floyd's coffin arrived at a church in Raeford.

As the casket rolled in, chants of "Black power," and "George Floyd" and "no justice, no peace," echoed from beneath the covered entrance.


16:45 GMT - 'Burn down racism': World rallies against George Floyd's death

Taking a knee, banging drums and ignoring physical distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off global rallies against racism and police brutality on Saturday.

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of police in Minnesota, has brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic that is ebbing in Asia and Europe but still spreading in other parts of the world.


16:00 GMT - Buffalo, NY, police officers charged with felony assault pleads not guilty

Two Buffalo police officers were arraigned on felony assault charges on Saturday after a viral video viewed by more than 78 million people showed them pushing an elderly protester to the ground, injuring him.

Officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, who has been suspended from the department, were part of a unit in tactical gear enforcing an 8 pm curfew on Thursday when Martin Gugino, 75, was shoved, fell and struck his head on the sidewalk, the Buffalo News reported.

Both pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault during the virtual arraignment before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig D Hannah, the Buffalo News reported. Fifty-seven police officers have since resigned in solidarity with the two officers.


15:00 GMT - Protesters gather in Paris despite the ban

Demonstrators in Paris have tried to gather in front of the US embassy, defying restrictions on planned gatherings imposed by authorities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

They were met by riot police. The embassy was sealed off behind an imposing ring of metal barriers and roadblocks, but many protesters gathered nearby.

"You can fine me 10,000 or 20,000 times, the revolt will happen anyway," Egountchi Behanzin, a founder of the Black African Defense League, told officers who stopped him to check his ID documents before he approached the building, according to The Associated Press news agency.

Demonstrators in Paris tried to gather in front of the US embassy in Paris. image credit AFP

14:40 GMT - More protests planned in NYC

After another mostly peaceful night, more demonstrations were planned for Saturday in New York City amid lingering tension between protesters and police over the city's 8 pm curfew.

On Friday night, demonstrators again remained on city streets hours after the curfew. With police generally allowing some leeway, crowds mostly dwindled on their own at various locations.

But there were some minor flare-ups: About an hour after a Brooklyn protest ended, images on social media showed officers surrounding a group of protesters and chasing down some with batons.


14:10 GMT - Washington, DC, readies for 'largest' protest ever

Protesters are expected to gather in Washington, DC, for a huge demonstration on Saturday, its police chief said.

Activists have called on social media for a million people to attend the protest in the US capital.

"We have a lot of public, open-source information to suggest that the event on this upcoming Saturday may be one of the largest we've ever had in the city," Washington, DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham told local media, adding that much of the city centre would be closed to traffic from early in the day.

Newsham did not give a crowd estimate. Local media has predicted tens of thousands of attendees.

Protests in NYC on Friday night remained mostly peaceful, with a few scattered clashes. Image credit Jeenah Moon/Reuters

13:30 GMT - Thousands protest in central London

Thousands of demonstrators protested in rainy 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 to observe physical distancing guidelines.

Many held banners, including one that read "Racism is a Pandemic". Demonstrations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took place in Manchester, Cardiff in Wales and other UK cities.


12:05 GMT - Tokyo protesters condemn the killing of George Floyd

Protesters gathered in Tokyo on Saturday, as global demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd spread to Japan, a nation not usually associated with mass discontent or police violence.

In front of Shibuya train station, an iconic landmark in Tokyo, people held signs that said, "End racism," and "We stand with you".

Although the turnout was a fraction of the thousands in American and European cities, the effort was symbolically significant.

Demonstrators hold placards during a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London. Image credit Alberto Pezzali/The Associated Press

09:30 GMT - LA Galaxy drop Aleksandar Katai after wife's 'racist and violent' posts

Serbian footballer Aleksandar Katai has been released by LA Galaxy after his wife posted "racist and violent" messages on social media.

Galaxy announced they would "mutually part ways" with their new winger on Friday in a one-sentence news release.

Tea Katai made the posts on her Instagram story earlier this week. They included a photo with a caption written in Serbian urging police to "kill" protesters, another referring to protesters as "disgusting cattle," and a third sharing a racist meme.

The Galaxy met with Aleksandar Katai on Thursday. He disavowed his wife's posts late Wednesday night, saying the "views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family".

Galaxy fans have been calling for his dismissal. On Thursday, a handful of fans gathered by the David Beckham statue outside the club's stadium holding a banner reading "No Racists in Our Club".


08:50 GMT - 'We were wrong': NFL's Goodell regrets stance on player protests

Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the US National Football League (NFL), has said the league made mistakes in not listening to players, in a video denouncing racism in the country amid widespread protests over police brutality against Black people.

"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," Goodell said in the video published on Friday.

"We, the National Football League, believe Black lives matter."


10:20 GMT -Thousands attend Black Lives Matter protests in Australia

Thousands of demonstrators held mostly peaceful protests across Australia on Saturday to honour the memory of George Floyd and to protest the deaths of Indigenous Australians in custody.

Black Lives Matter protesters poured into downtown Melbourne amid a strong police presence, with aerial footage showing the true scale of the march.

In Adelaide, crowds filled the city's Victoria Square after police gave special permission on Friday for the event to proceed despite COVID-19 restrictions.

South Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said he was "very pleased" with how the "exceptionally good behaviour by everyone who was here today".

Protesters are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House in Washington, DC. Image credit Roberto Schmidt/AFP

08:00 GMT - 30,000 attend Brisbane rally

Organisers of Australia's Black Lives Matter rallies said about 30,000 people gathered in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, forcing police to close down two major streets.

The rally appeared orderly as police handed out masks to protesters and other officials provided hand sanitisers.

A Maori group did a traditional haka, or war dance, during the Brisbane protest. The large crowd later marched to a local police precinct, some chanting: "They say justice, we say murder."


07:20 GMT - Michael Jordan to donate $100m to fight for racial equality

Former superstar Michael Jordan and his Nike-backed Jordan Brand are pledging to donate $100m over the next 10 years to support racial equality and social justice.

The pledge comes five days after Jordan said "we have had enough" when it comes to the racism that people of colour have faced in the US.

"Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement," read the joint statement from Jordan and his company on Friday. "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.

"Through our Jordan Wings program, we have been focused on providing access to education, mentorship and opportunity for Black youth facing the obstacles of systemic racism," Jordan Brand president Craig Williams said in a statement.


05:33 GMT - Zuckerberg promises Facebook policy review

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by the US president that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting against police racism.

In a letter to employees, Zuckerberg wrote: "We're going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt."

This, he said, includes "excessive use of police or state force. Given the sensitive history in the US, this deserves special consideration."