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Black Lives Matter skirts North Africa despite everyday racism

Algiers - The global wave of anti-racism protests sparked by the US police killing of George Floyd has barely touched North Africa, despite everyday discrimination in a region with a long slave-trading history. Black citizens in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who come to work, study or try to reach Europe, say they suffer endemic day-to-day racism. "Floyd's death awakened the anger and rage dormant within us," said Fabrice, an undocumented Cameroonian in his 40s who lives in Algiers, adding that it twisted "the knife in the wound". But the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, most observers agree, has not triggered a major debate on racism or police violence against black Africans within the Maghreb region itself. Only Tunis saw a smal...

BLACK LIVES MATTER: George Floyd transcript reveals last moments: ‘Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead’

Mr Floyd called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in police custody George Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in Minneapolis police custody, new evidence has shown. Mr Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has unleashed a massive wave of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States and inspired demonstrations around the world. Video of his death went viral and showed Mr Floyd shouting "I can't breathe" and calling for his mother as he suffocated. But transcripts of the police officers' body ...
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