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Protests worldwide embrace Black Lives Matter movement

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a group of people walking in the rain: Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets in European and Asian cities on Saturday, demonstrating in support of U.S. protests against police brutality.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a horse: Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London

The rolling, global protests reflect rising anger over police treatment of ethnic minorities, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes with fellow officers beside him.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Protest against the death of George Floyd, in London

After a largely peaceful protest in London, a few demonstrators near British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's residence threw bottles at police, and mounted officers charged push protesters back.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Protest against the death of George Floyd, in Watford © Reuters/PAUL CHILDS Protest against the death of George Floyd, in Watford

Earlier, more than a thousand protesters had marched past the U.S. Embassy, blocking traffic and holding placards.

a group of people on a sidewalk: People kneel down as they march on the street in solidarity with protests against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seoul © Reuters/HEO RAN People kneel down as they march on the street in solidarity with protests against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seoul

Many thousands had also crowded into the square outside parliament, holding placards reading "Black Lives Matter", ignoring government advice to avoid large gatherings due to the risk from the coronavirus.

a group of people holding a sign: People march on the street in solidarity with protests against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seoul © Reuters/HEO RAN People march on the street in solidarity with protests against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seoul

"I have come down in support of black people who have been ill-treated for many, many, many, many years. It is time for a change," said 39-year-old primary school teacher Aisha Pemberton.

a group of people on a sidewalk: Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis

Police in the German city of Hamburg used pepper spray on protesters and said they were ready to deploy water cannons. One officer was injured, they added.

a crowd of people standing in front of a building: Demonstrators protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Sydney © Reuters/RON SHAMGAR Demonstrators protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Sydney

Several hundred "hooded and aggressive people" had put officers under pressure in the city centre, police said, tweeting: "Attacks on police officers are unacceptable!"

a group of people holding a sign: Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis

In Paris the authorities banned demonstrations planned outside the U.S. Embassy and on the lawns near the Eiffel Tower.

a person holding a sign: Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march in Tokyo, Japan, following death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis

However, several hundred protesters, some holding "Black Lives Matters" signs, gathered on Place de la Concorde, close to the Embassy. Police had installed a long barrier across the square to prevent access to the embassy, which is also close to the Elysee presidential palace.

a group of people walking down a street: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Berlin, demonstrators filled the central Alexanderplatz square, while there was also a protest in Warsaw.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

PLACARDS AND FLAGS

a group of people around each other: Protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Brisbane, one of several Australian cities where rallies were held, police estimated 10,000 people joined a peaceful protest, wearing masks and holding "Black Lives Matter" placards. Many wrapped themselves in indigenous flags, calling for an end to police mistreatment of indigenous Australians.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

Banners and slogans have focused not just on George Floyd but on a string of other controversies in different countries as well as mistreatment of minorities in general.

Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Sydney, a last-minute court decision overruling a ban imposed because of the coronavirus allowed several thousand people to march, with a heavy police presence.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Tokyo, marchers protested against what they said was police mistreatment of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped while driving and shoved to the ground. Organisers said they were also marching in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

a woman holding a sign: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

"I want to show that there's racism in Japan now," said 17-year-old high school student Wakaba, who declined to give her family name.

a group of people on a sidewalk: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Seoul, dozens of South Korean activists and foreign residents gathered, some wearing black masks with "Can't breathe" in Korean, echoing George Floyd's final words as he lay on the ground.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

In Bangkok, activists avoided coronavirus restrictions by going online, asking for video and photos of people wearing black, raising their fists and holding signs, and explaining why they supported the Black Lives Matter movement.

a group of people on a street: Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo

Protesters were expected to gather in Washington for a huge demonstration on Saturday as demonstrations across the United States entered a 12th day.

a group of people holding a sign: Protest against the death of George Floyd, in Hamburg © Reuters/FABIAN BIMMER Protest against the death of George Floyd, in Hamburg

(Reporting by Reuters bureaux around the world; Writing by William Mallard and Hugh Lawson; Editing by Frances Kerry and Kevin Liffey)

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