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BLM protesters blocked from Trump Tower

US PROTESTERS were blocked as they marched towards Trump Tower in New York City on Friday demanding an end to police brutality.

The Take Your Knee Off Our Necks demonstration was halted by police barricades as marchers reached Fifth Avenue, where speeches took place.

The families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and others killed at the hands of police took part in the rally.

Terence Floyd, whose brother George was killed by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in May, said that he wanted police reform and supported peaceful demonstrations.

“Just keep the peace. I know we’re angry, I know we’re upset, but keep it peaceful,” he said. “We don’t need anybody else on the front page.”

Mr Floyd’s death triggered global outrage, with Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests sweeping the US and other countries, and widespread anger in black communities over centuries of structural racism and discrimination.

US President Donald Trump, who has struggled to shake off accusations of support for white supremacists, hit out at a BLM mural planned for Fifth Avenue earlier this month, describing it as a “symbol of hate to be affixed to New York’s greatest street.”

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