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Why have the George Floyd protests gone global?

By France24
06 June 2020   |   7:00 am
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer continues to dominate the papers. As the protests go global, The Washington Post looks at why his death resonates around the world. Also, we look at the symbolism of the masks worn by protesters, which have become more than just a medical device. Finally, Donald Trump's attitude to the protesters gets scathing treatment in the illustrated press.

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