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WASHINGTON D.C., May 31, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Protesters rally during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 30, 2020. Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the midwest U.S. state of Minnesota on May 25. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS) by .
WASHINGTON D.C., May 31, 2020 (Xinhua) — Protesters rally during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 30, 2020. Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the midwest U.S. state of Minnesota on May 25. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS)

Google and YouTube put a black ribbon on its home page in the US, showing solidarity for protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

“We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it,” the message read on the Google home page. The same message was also placed on the US home page of Google-owned YouTube.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice.

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai added.

Last week, a policeman choked an African-American man Floyd, to death by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis. Several states in the US erupted in protests after the video went viral.

The riots stretching from New York on the east coast to Los Angeles on the west rocked the nation that was just beginning to relax the Covid-19 restrictions threatening to spread the disease.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during a hearing "Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Dec. 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS) by .
Google CEO Sundar Pichai

The force of the protests that have turned violent comes from the ongoing brutality against minorities by police with two other recent cases adding to the fury behind the killing of Floyd.

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Hollywood stars, including Justin Bieber, Anne Hathaway, John Boyega and Viola Davis, are outraged over the death of George Floyd, and have lashed out at the racist treatment of black people in the US.

Hollywood stars took to social media to express heartbreak, anger, sadness and injustice over the incident, reports eonline.com.

“This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black,” Viola Davis wrote, adding: “We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here’s the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! ‘I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued’……. RIP George Floyd.”

“Star Wars” actor John Boyega shared a photograph of Floyd with the quote: “Please I can’t breathe. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. They’re going to kill me.”

He wrote: “George Floyd. So heartbreaking to hear about the continuous cycle of violence aimed at black people by racist cops. Murder charges only. #justiceforgeorgefloyd… First post where I’ve had to turn off comments. Ain’t none of you getting the last word today. That’s that.”

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“This must stop,” singer Justin Bieber wrote.

“This makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil. We need to use our voice! Please people. I’m sorry GEORGE FLOYD,” he added.

Actress Anne Hathaway shared: “This is George Floyd. He should be alive. He deserves justice. Take action by texting FLOYD to 55156 and demand the officers who killed him be brought up on charges.”

“My heart can’t take it, seeing what’s happened to #GeorgeFloyd,” Ciara tweeted.

“Enough!!!” Lupita Nyong’o asserted along with hashtags — “#GeorgeFloyd and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.

“This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER,” Demi Lovato said, adding: “DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.”

MINNEAPOLIS, May 30, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Police wearing riot gear arrest a woman who drove too close to police lines during a protest in Minneapolis, the United States, May 29, 2020. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday a mandatory nighttime curfew following three straight nights of growing protests and violence in the biggest city in U.S. midwest state of Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody. (Photo by Angus Alexander/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Police wearing riot gear arrest a woman who drove too close to police lines during a protest in Minneapolis, the United States (Photo by Angus Alexander/Xinhua/IANS)

Ava DuVernay also expressed her emotions on Twitter, writing: “You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd.”

Pop singer Nick Jonas wrote on Instagram, “Praying for #GeorgeFloyd and his family. A family lost their loved one while pleading for help and the simple act to breathe. This is inexcusable.”

Gigi Hadid also expressed her outrage.

“And now they should be prosecuted. This happens way too often, and seems only when caught on camera are MURDERERS even getting fired,” she shared on Twitter, adding: “Unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist ignorant monsters have to face the consequences- behind bars.”

Eva Longoria said: “Why?!!!!!!! My heart hurts every time I read the news! When will this stop?? Please help our country regain its humanity! We are all humans who deserve to be protected. Not killed. Please don’t write any stupid comments. If you are not outraged by this, then unfollow me.”

Rapper Snoop Dogg shared several images showing the calm arrests of white mass shooting suspects and some images showing the brutal arrests of black men, including Floyd.

The rapper wrote: “So nice to the (white ). Mass shoootin suspects minutes after they killed 32 people combined But we die on the spot change gone come f**k marching and. Talking we done talking”

Actor Jamie Foxx shared Snoop’s image, and wrote: “Do we need any more proof that if you are a man of colour when it comes to Police procedure we are at a deadly disadvantage?… No need to sugarcoat it… Two white men carry out mass murders that kill over 32 people… One of the mass murderers sat down in the church with the black members and then proceeded to kill them and was calmly taken into custody… #whydotheyhateus”

Rapper Cardi B shared a picture of Floyd, writing: “Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free!”

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