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Widespread protests against Zimmerman verdict across the US

Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 11:48 AM    

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NEW YORK (AP) -- From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against a Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

In Manhattan on Sunday, Reverend Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church wore a pink hooded sweatshirt and told her congregation, "We're going to raise our voices against the root causes of this kind of tragedy."

Protests are planned around the country Sunday, a day after a jury found the former neighbourhood watch volunteer not guilty. The case unleashed emotional debate across the US over racial profiling, self-defence and equal justice.

After the verdict, some angry protesters in Oakland, California broke windows, burned flags and started small street fires. In Florida, about 200 demonstrators marched in Tallahassee carrying signs that said "Racism is Not Dead" and "Who's Next?"

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