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First memorial service held for George Floyd as protests continue in U.S. Updated: 2020-06-05 17:06:45 KST

Celebrities, civil rights activists, politicians, family and friends all gathered in Minneapolis on Thursday, to pay tribute to the man whose death sparked nationwide protests and calls for an end to racial injustice.
Those at the first of George Floyd's memorial services stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time he had been forced down on the pavement.
Reverend Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, said the protesters may bring change to the nation.

"I'm more hopeful today than ever. When I looked this time and saw marches where in some cases young whites outnumbered the blacks marching, I know that it's a different time and a different season."

The second and third memorial services for George Floyd will be held in North Carolina and Texas, on Saturday and Monday respectively.
Then he will be laid to rest on Tuesday, in Houston, Texas where he spent most his life.
National dignitaries are expected to attend his funeral, including the presumptive Democrat candidate for president, Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, protests and marches against racism continued on Thursday, but in a more peaceful and calm manner.
On Wednesday, all four former police officers who were present during the death of George Floyd, have been charged over the incident.
The charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has also been elevated to second-degree murder.
Meanwhile, Seoul's foreign ministry says as of 9 AM Friday Korean time, 144 Korean stores in the U.S. reported damage, which is up by 18 from the previous day.
By city, Philadelphia reported the largest number with 56 stores damaged, followed by 15 stores in Chicago and 10 in Minneapolis, mostly as the result of looting.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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