Protests in Mexico City; US embassy attacked

Protesters clashed with police outside the US embassy in Mexico City, throwing firebombs and pelted stones at police personnel standing guard outside the embassy.

Iran Press/America: Hundreds of people participated in a peaceful protest against police violence and racism in the United States, holding a candlelight vigil in front of the US Embassy in Mexico City.

Dressed in black, wearing masks and holding candles, the assembled crowd of mostly young people paid tribute to George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a police officer.

The US citizens, Mexicans, and other foreigners expressed their solidarity with the "Black Lives Matter" movement and added their voices to protests that have occurred in all 50 US states and in major cities around the world.

The attacks happened during local protests on Friday against police violence. The embassy remained locked down. All personnel should avoid the area. Masked citizens also physically hit the wall and tagged it with messages in support of the protest.

Amid the protests, some protestors set cars ablaze and smashed the fronts of several businesses, including a Mexican branch of the US bank Citigroup.

The US State Department officials in Washington did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The Mexico City protests have also occurred alongside protests in the US and elsewhere following the May 25 of George Floyd.

The 46-year-old African American Minneapolis resident died in police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.


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