Demonstrations denouncing police brutality and racism have spread to at least 140 cities in the United States, but also in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and France.
New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle… after the death of George Floyd, demonstrations against police brutality and racism spread to at least 140 American cities. They also spread to Italy, Britain, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil and France.
In London, Manchester or Cardiff: “Our skin colour is not a crime”.
In London, thousands of people marched on Sunday chanting: “No justice, no peace! “Gathered around Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the British capital, some of them carried cardboard signs that read “Black lives matter” or “Our skin colour is not a crime”.
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The demonstrators then knelt for about ten minutes, a gesture that has become a symbol of the fight against discrimination in the United States, before starting a march towards the American embassy, despite the social distancing measures still in force in the face of the new coronavirus. The London police arrested around 20 demonstrators for various reasons.
In the rest of the United Kingdom, hundreds of demonstrators also gathered in Manchester, as well as in Cardiff, Wales.
In Europe : “Black lives matter
In Italy, as early as Thursday, May 28 – three days after George Floyd’s death – a demonstration took place near the US Consulate in Milan, while in Berlin on Sunday, several thousand people gathered around the US Embassy, located a few dozen meters from the Brandenburg Gate, and also chanted “Black lives matter! ».
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On Monday in Dublin, Ireland, more than 5,000 demonstrators marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and marched towards the US embassy to chant the name of George Floyd, The Irish Times reports.
Also on Monday, in Paris and Bordeaux, a few dozen people took part in static rallies in homage to George Floyd, in particular at the call of SOS-Racisme. Another demonstration is due to take place on Tuesday afternoon in Paris, at the call of the Vérité collective for Adama Traoré.
In Canada : “Justice for Regis Korchinski-Package”.
On Sunday, in Montreal, for about three hours, about 10,000 people, according to unofficial estimates, travelled through the downtown area in a quiet atmosphere. But shortly after the order to disperse in the early evening, violence erupted in the city centre when a group of demonstrators threw projectiles at law enforcement. Police responded with tear gas. Calm was restored late in the evening, according to media reports.
Again, there were many signs, often in English, proclaiming “Black lives matter”, “No justice no peace” or “I can’t breathe”. The Montreal police had also denounced, in a tweet, the circumstances of George Floyd’s death, which “go against the values of our organization”.
Another anti-racism demonstration also brought together several thousand people Sunday in Vancouver. And the day before, several thousand people had demonstrated peacefully against racism and police violence in Toronto, the country’s largest city, where demonstrators were also demanding justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who fell from a 24th-floor balcony during a police intervention on May 27.
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Brazil: “Racism kills all over the world”.
Portraits of George Floyd and a sign that read “Racism kills here, there and around the world” were hung on the fence in front of the US Embassy in Mexico City. On Sunday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, demonstrators chanting “I can’t breathe! “gathered near the Palácio Laranjeiras, the state governor’s palace, and were dispersed by police in riot gear, while in Sao Paulo some demonstrators brought placards referring to George Floyd at a rally against President Bolsonaro.
In Australia and New Zealand : “Solidarity”.
In Perth, Australia, an event was held on Monday in the Central Business District (CBD). In addition to expressing solidarity with the American demonstrators, the gathered participants also denounced the treatment of minorities and aborigines in Australia.
About 2,000 people gathered outside the US Consulate in Auckland, chanting the slogans “Black lives matter” or “No justice no peace”. Half a thousand people also gathered in Christchurch, South Island, and as many at a vigil in front of the Parliament in Wellington, where the names of hundreds of Americans who have died as a result of racism were presented.
In Syria, artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted a portrait of George Floyd on a wall in the town of Binnish, in the northwestern province of Idlib.