George Floyd, icon of police violence around the world

The United States has been living in line with the protests since the death of George Floyd, who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis during a police arrest. But the outrage has crossed the US borders. The African American has become an international symbol for victims of police violence and other human rights violations.

Since the death of George Floyd, an African American at the age of 46 was killed during a Minneapolis police arrest, a wave of protest has swept across the United States. Thousands of people have marched across the country, from New York to Washington, to Seattle and Los Angeles, to demand an end to racial discrimination and police violence.

All united under the hashtag # BlackLivesMatter, peaceful US protesters were emulated. The outrage has crossed the borders and George Floyd has become an international symbol for victims of police violence. Support has been made in Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland and Austria.

#BlackLivesMatter: the memory of black victims

The death of George Floyd has aroused the memory of those who, like him, have been victims of police violence. Starting with France where more than 20,000 people gathered on June 3 before the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance, as well as in several provincial cities, to seek justice for Adama Traoré, the young man who died of asphyxiation during an arrest. police officer in Beaumont-sur-Oise (Val-d’Oise) in July 2016.

In Canada, the name of Regis Korchinski-Paquet came up with George Floyd. A 29-year-old black woman died on May 27 after falling out the window on May 24e floor in his Toronto apartment, during a police operation. Thousands of people demonstrated in Toronto on Saturday to protest the death of unarmed blacks in police hands.

In Switzerland, demonstrations have condemned the police technology for ventral tackling. Internet users have particularly recalled the memory of Mike Ben Peter, a 40-year-old Nigerian, who was arrested by the Drug Control Police in February 2018 in Lausanne. Transported unconscious to the hospital, the man, married and father of two children, died the day after police plating.

#PalestinianLivesMatter: Floyd or the path for discriminated minoritiesThe figure of George Floyd is not only labeled to condemn violence against the black community, but has been recovered by various communities to make it a symbol of oppressed minorities, in Israel, Turkey or Australia.

hashtag #PalestinianLivesMatter (Life for Palestinians is reported) emerged on social media after Iyad Hallak’s death. The Palestinian autistic boy was killed by Israeli police on May 29 as he tried to travel to the Old City of Jerusalem, as every day, to attend his school.

Floyd’s death also arouses anger from the Kurdish community, which in turn raises the fate of Baris Cakan in Turkey. The 20-year-old Kurdish boy was killed in Ankara on May 30 after an argument with three men about a dark history of music and sound volume. The Kurdish community immediately condemned poor treatment of the minority in Turkey.

Several demonstrations also took place in Australia, in the capital Canberra and in the rest of the country, to condemn discrimination against the Aboriginal native minority. Their shouting cry: #AboriginalLivesMatter.

#AllLivesMatter: human rights violations around the world

Finally, George Floyd has become a symbol of human rights violations in general. In Syria, two artists seized Floyd’s figure to evoke the memory of the victims of the war, and more specifically, men, women and children in eastern Ghouta, killed by chemical attacks attributed to the Bashar regime al-Assad.

Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted the portrait of Floyds on a crumbling wall in Idleb, a city partially destroyed by airstrikes by the Damascus regime and its Russian allies. Next to his face they wrote the slogan “I can’t breathe” [je ne peux pas respirer]shouted by George Floyd when he was arrested. “George Floyd couldn’t breathe like our children who died of asphyxiation,” they told Amnesty International.

The two men said they wanted to send a message of solidarity to all “human rights”. Like them, many insist on the importance of not “communicating” the victims and recalling that every human life is counted, regardless of skin color, ethnic or religious origin. Another hashtag was born: #All life matters.