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“We can’t breathe”—how George Floyd’s killing is shaping Middle Eastern protest

Activists are using the iconography of the “American martyr” to fight their own political battles

By Christiane Gruber  

May 29, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; People take photographs of a mural in memory of George Floyd on a wall of the Cup Foods store Friday, May 29, 2020, at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in Minneapolis, Minn. Mandatory Credit: Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA

More than two months have passed since George Floyd died under the knee of an American police officer in Minneapolis. As Floyd lost his breath, he cried out “I can’t breathe,” words that have become a rallying cry for many protesting against systemic racism and police brutality.

The protests have…

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