Protests Against George Floyd’s Death Go Global

  • Other countries, such as Germany, France, Syria, the United Kingdom, Kenya, and Ghana are among those joining in protest.
  • In Syria, artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun created a mural depicting George Floyd in the town of Binnish.
  • Several African leaders have spoken out against Floyd’s murder.

Following the brutal murder George Floyd, a 44 year-old African American, by a policeman who knelt on his neck, many demonstrations have since ensued globally in protest against the beastly act. The protests are not only confined to the United States, but have since spread to various parts of the world.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

Other countries, such as Germany, France, Syria, the United Kingdom, Kenya, and Ghana are among those joining in protest. In Germany, crowds gathered in the capital in front of the US embassy on Saturday and Sunday. 

Participants wore masks and had signs that read: “Black Lives Matter,” and “justice cannot wait.” The population also participated in a demonstration against racism in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, on Sunday.

In Paris, France, activists dressed in black clothes and face masks on Monday, and held up signs that read; “I can’t breathe” (the phrase that was repeatedly uttered by the man before he died), “we are all George Floyd,” and “racism suffocates us.”

In Italy, more specifically, in the city of Milan, crowds carried out a flashmob near the US consulate in the city on Thursday, in protest.

In Ireland, protesters ran through the streets of Dublin’s city center on Monday, chanting “I can’t breathe,” while a minor protest took place in the suburb of Blanchardstown. Residents of Krakow, Poland, met at the city’s American consulate on Sunday night. Some lit candles in honor of Floyd.

In Syria, artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun created a mural depicting George Floyd in the town of Binnish, in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province, on Monday.

In Brazil, several people protested outside the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. In Mexico, there were portraits of Floyd on the fence outside the US embassy in Mexico City, alongside flowers, candles, and plaques that read “racism kills here, there and around the world.”

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.

In New Zealand, protests were held over Floyd’s murder in several locations on Monday. Thousands held demonstrations and vigils in cities like Auckland and Christchurch, while crowds braved the rain to hold a vigil in Wellington.

Africa Mourns Too

Meanwhile, several African leaders have spoken out against Floyd’s murder. “It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” President Akufo-Addo of Ghana wrote on his Facebook wall. He added that black people over the world are shocked and distraught by the killing of the unarmed black man by a white police officer in the U.S.

In Nairobi, Kenya, the country’s opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, prayed for the United States:

“I join the thousands out there in saying a prayer for the family of George Floyd and more importantly, for the US- a prayer that there be justice and freedom for all human beings who call America their country and that citizens be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”

Demonstrations against the murder were also witnessed outside the US embassy in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, where the protestors comprising of Kenyans and Americans, marched chanting “Black lives matter.”

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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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