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How the Black Lives Matter movement is sweeping the globe

Protesters march around the world in solidarity with Black Lives Matter (Video: Jennifer Hassan, Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)

After a shocking week of gun violence on American soil, people worldwide staged protests to show solidarity with U.S. protesters. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota caused outrage last week, with millions of people watching video footage of two deaths within 48 hours of each other, both at the hands of police. In Dallas, five police officers were gunned down at an otherwise peaceful rally against police brutality -- prompting many people to ask the question: "What is going on in America?"

Over the weekend, thousands marched in cities around the world to showcase unity and express hope for a better future. Across the United Kingdom, the voices of the Black Lives Matter London movement could be heard for three consecutive days. In the capital, crowds packed Oxford Street, Brixton High Street and Westminster, holding signs that read "I do this for my brother" and "No racist police."

In Germany, some 500 protesters flocked to Berlin on Sunday to express their support for the Black Lives Matter campaign. According to the German news site bento, protesters held up posters with slogans such as: “Germany — you have a racism problem” and "This is a fight for anyone who is struggling for freedom." The march took place in the Berlin districts of Kreuzberg and Berlin-Mitte.

By Sunday, hundreds had gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to offer support to Americans fighting for respect and justice for people of color. Protesters of all races and ages sang, lit candles and marched in the surrounding streets.

Protests continued around the world Sunday at Amsterdam's Dam Square. Roughly 400 people turned out to protest police brutality in the United States. The crowds chanted "We are one" and "No justice, no peace."

The Black Lives Matter website states: "This is not a moment, but a movement." It's certainly beginning to look that way.