Thousands across America gather to commemorate Juneteenth

Thousands gathered in US cities to mark Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery that carries special resonance this year after a wave of protests to end racial injustice, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

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George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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