George Floyd — Anti-Racism Protests Go Global

  • 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.

The George Floyd protests, and riots, are an ongoing series of violent uprisings in the United States that initially started in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before spreading nationwide. As of May 31, there were simultaneous protests in over 100 other cities in the United States and internationally supporting those seeking justice for Floyd as well as speaking out against excessive police brutality.

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.”

Justin Trudeau is a Canadian politician serving as the 23rd and current prime minister of Canada since 2015 and leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. Trudeau is the second-youngest Canadian prime minister after Joe Clark; he is also the first to be related to a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.

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.”

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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