Thousands of people defied the curfew imposed in at least 40 cities in the United States to maintain protests over the death of African-American George Floyd.
“We are not moving!” Protesters shouted in the capital, Washington DC, shortly before the curfew.
The city registered a greater police presence after the incidents near the White House recorded in the last days after the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was detained by four white policemen last week.
One of them put his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes when the detainee was on the floor, as a witness recorded in a video.
Death of George Floyd
The autopsy claims that Floyd’s death was a “murder.” The officer who applied pressure to his neck is charged with reckless manslaughter.
The death has sparked a wave of protests across the country to demand justice for Floyd’s death and to denounce the racism that still suffers the country. Some demonstrations have resulted in riots and vandalism.
The White House even expanded the security perimeter. Many protesters have expressed outrage at how President Donald Trump is coping with the crisis.
At the monument to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, a BBC journalist witnessed the “emotional” moment when hundreds of protesters knelt and hugged in front of the National Guard line that prevented possible access to the monument.
In the same place Martin Luther King Jr . African-American civil rights leader, delivered his famous 1963 speech “I Have a Dream.”
About 60,000 people participated in the march in Houston, Floyd’s hometown, including part of his family, who again called for the protests to be peaceful.
The protests took place in New York, Orlando, Chicago and other cities in the country.
“You will never see it grow”
In Minneapolis, the most emotional image of the day was the presence in the media of Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, 6 years old.
“Gianna was left without a father. You will never see her grow, graduate. If you have a problem and you need your father, you won’t have it anymore, ”he said.
“I am here for my daughter and I am here for George because I want justice for him because he was a good man.”
“This is proof that he was a good man,” he added, pointing to his daughter.