- Protesters gathered worldwide, knelt in protest, and maintained silence for nine minutes.
- In Canada, the country’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, joined demonstrators in Ottawa Friday, and knelt down during protests.
- Several world leaders have since denounced the murder and called for an end to racism.
Thousands of protesters continue to grace various city streets across the globe as they denounce racism, following the murder of an African-American, George Floyd, by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Madrid, Spain, about 3,000 people gathered around noon in front of the United States Embassy in protest over the killing.
They criticized the death of the 46-year-old black man, repeating his last words “I can’t breathe,” and shouting “no justice, no peace,” and “you racists are terrorists.” Protesters in Madrid also knelt on the floor, raising their fists in protest over the murder. The Spanish protesters then walked peacefully to Madrid’s iconic Porta do Sol.
In Barcelona, hundreds of protesters gathered in the Plaça Sant Jaume, where Catalonia’s regional government is located. Wearing masks and maintaining safety distances, they displayed posters to denounce racism in Spain and Europe.
In Rome, thousands of demonstrators knelt in silence and with their fists raised for nine minutes, the duration in which the killer cop squeezed his knee on Floyd’s neck until he died. Then they got up and shouted, “I can’t breathe.”
In India, where an anti-racist demonstration was prohibited, over 200 people participated in a virtual protest, linking through Zoom and criticizing police brutality.
Trudeau Joins Demonstrations
In Canada, the country’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, joined demonstrators in Ottawa Friday, and knelt down during protests against racism and police violence. Upon his arrival at Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Trudeau did not speak at first. He clapped and waved when he heard the speeches of others., including one in which a speaker said “there is no middle ground on racism.”
The crowd also remained silent for almost nine minutes. Friday’s protest was just one of many that have taken place since George Floyd’s death. The protests have since gone global in a solidarity campaign against racism, joining the struggle for human dignity following Floyd’s death on May 25.
Several world leaders have since denounced the murder and called for an end to racism. Among the world leaders who have spoken against the vices of racism and police brutality include Germany’s Angela Merkel, who on Thursday condemned the incident, and said that racism is not only in the US but also in Germany.
“The killing of George Floyd is very, very terrible,” Merkel told national broadcaster ZDF in an interview Thursday. “Racism is awful and the society in the United States is very polarized,” she added. “Racism has always been present, but sadly we also have this [problem]. We should first sweep in front of our own door,” Merkel stressed.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also condemned the Floyd murder. “What happened in the United States was appalling, it was inexcusable, we all saw it on our screens and I perfectly understand people’s right to protest what took place.” He added, “my message to President Trump, to everybody in the United States from the UK is that . . . racism, racist violence has no place in our society.”