Protests following George Floyd's death spread across the world

Despite a global pandemic, protesters number in the thousands took to the streets.
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Protests in Nashville, Tn.

Protests in Nashville, Tn.

People in cities all over the world are protesting police brutality and racism following the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

Public outcry has erupted across the United States, as well as from Canada and Mexico to Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Iran and Syria, among other countries, according to media reports.

In the U.S., some protests turned destructive. For protesters in Boston, things were peaceful but turned violent as protesters threw projectiles and the National Guard was called in, tweets show. 

A similar scene played out in other cities across the country while people over the weekend protested systemic racism.

Globally, protesters took to the streets to solidarity with demonstrators in Minneapolis and the U.S. 

In London, protesters numbering in the thousands defied stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic to chant Floyd's name and "I can't breathe," the New York Times reports.

People in Dublin took to the streets chanting "I can't breathe," CNN says.

Artists in Syria crafted mural as a tribute to Floyd in the town of Binnish. 

Thousands in New Zealand protested, despite coronavirus restrictions, NPR reports.

Meanwhile, in Iran, a tribute with candles in images of Floyd honored him.

Floyd's death is catalyst for the global protests and he marks one of many black people who have died at the hands of police. 

He died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Derek Chauvin has been charged in his death, while three other officers who were at the scene have not been charged despite calls from activists to arrest them. 

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