USA: Hundreds of protesters call for defunding of police in Chicago

Hundreds gathered for a rally and a march in Chicago on Friday, calling for the defunding of the Chicago Police Department. Protesters and members of several activists groups were seen listening to various performers and speakers. Tents were set up with items that were reportedly given for free, such as water, snacks and clothing. Protesters with bicycles were seen facing off a line of police officers, effectively keeping them separate from the rally. The anti-racist demonstrators then marched through the city with a banner reading «No good cops, no bad protesters» and chanting «I believe that we will win.» On Wednesday, July 22, US President Donald Trump announced a surge of federal law enforcement into cities run by Democrats, including Chicago, as part of his «law and order» campaign that follows a growing number of gun-related attacks in the city. Massive anti-police brutality and anti-racism protests have been taking place all across the US and abroad since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis a few months ago.

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