Thousands of protesters hold anti-racism march in Washington

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – People from across the United States traveled to the US capital on Friday to protest against racial inequality.

Tens of thousands of anti-racism demonstrators gathered for a mass rally in Washington to voice their indignation about a white officer's shooting of unarmed African American Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The march on Friday coincides with the anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic "I have a dream" speech which was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

US police shot Blake in the back multiple times in front of three of his children in Kenosha on Sunday.

The shooting of the unarmed 29-year-old, which is said to have left him paralyzed from the waist down, has since triggered protests in Kenosha as well as other cities across the country, with protesters setting buildings and cars on fire.

Blake’s shooting rekindled outrage over US police violence and triggered a boycott movement in the sports world.

The Department of Justice has announced an FBI civil rights investigation into Blake's shooting, but activists continued to call for action against the officer who shot him while entering his car, with his three sons watching.

The Friday protest has been dubbed "Get your knee off our necks," in reference to George Floyd, another unarmed African American who was brutally murdered in US police custody in May.

The 46-year-old died after a white officer knelt on his neck and pinned him to the ground for nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

His death ignited the most widespread civil unrest in the US in decades and unleashed protests against police brutality and for racial justice in America and many world countries, rejuvenating the Black Lives Matter movement.


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