Thousands throng Washington to protest police brutality, racism
Publish- August 29, 2020, 11:47 PM
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Thousands of people took to the streets of Washington DC on Friday to protest police brutality and racism on George Floyd.
The protest programme was called marking the 57th anniversary of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.
A series of speakers addressed thousands of protesters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial of the city.
Addressing the rally, Martin Luther King III said "we're marching to overcome what my father called the triple evils of poverty, racism, and violence", reports Xinhua.
He said those "evils" have exacerbated four major challenges - the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment, police brutality and gun violence, and voting rights - that currently face the US.
The event, dubbed the "Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks," came after 46-year-old African American George Floyd died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May.
Floyd's death sparked weeks-long protests and social unrest across the US. Public anger has been reignited in the wake of the Aug 23 police shooting of 29-year-old African American Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has led to consecutive days of protests and violence at times in the city.
"I wish George were here to see this right now," George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd told protesters on Friday. "That's who I'm marching for. I'm marching for George ... and anybody else who lost their lives."