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Black Lives Matter protester sings for justice

By Susana Samhan

Washington, Jun 9 (efe-epa).- A hypnotic voice floats through McPherson Square in downtown Washington singing a song for peace and justice.

This impromptu performance was by Rosalynd Safari Ramnauth Harris as she prepares for a new day of race protests in the United States capital.

“I’m here because I’m black, it’s that simple,” she tells Efe.

At first glance it might seem that Rosalynd is part of a yoga group but the Black Lives Matter signs she carries give her away as one of the activists.

After an hour of chanting, her group begins to walk from the square to the White House, where US President Donald Trump has remained entrenched as anti-racist protests have gripped the country and spread across the globe.

On the way, they pass several parked police patrol cars.

“Let them hear us,” Rosalynd shouts, waving a t-shirt over her head bearing the face of George Floyd, an African American man who died on 25 May in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

His last words “I can’t breathe” are also printed on the t-shirt, a phrase that has been taken up by the demonstrations against police brutality towards black people in America.

Rosalynd, 29, steps forward to lead her group through the crowd up to the fence that surrounds the White House.

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