Demonstrations were held on Saturday in several cities around the world to condemn police violence and racial equality, ten days after George Floyd’s death in the United States. Collisions also took place in several cities.
From Britain to Australia, via France and Tunisia, protesters defied the authorities’ calls to stay home because of the health crisis to hit the sidewalk on Saturday, June 6, and express their racial slur with racism and police brutality following the death of US black George Floyd, suffocated at the knee of a white police officer.
After several hours of peaceful assembly, incidents at the end of the day broke out near Downing Street in central London. Projectiles like bottles were launched by the police who loaded on horseback in an attempt to disperse the protesters.
#ART The artist #Banksy published a new drawing on Instagram in response to the death of #George _Floyd. In this drawing we can see a frame containing the photo of a black man, placed next to a candle whose flame burns the American flag. pic.twitter.com/RyayiuDGw0
– VALLEY Jean-Claude (@ jclvallee1) June 7, 2020
“Britain is not innocent”
Gathered before the nearby parliament, thousands of people, their faces often covered with a mask, but without necessarily respecting the rules of distance, had held up signs with the slogan “Black LivesMatter” (black lives count).
“Britain is not innocent,” the protesters condemned, beating drums. They also observed a minute of silence, kneeling and raising fists, before heading to anyone to the US Embassy, greeted by motorists.
As in the British capital, there were thousands in Manchester (North West) to “put an end to racism”, another “pandemic”.
Inspired by the tragic event, famed street artist Banksy on Instagram unveiled a new work, where we see a bright look next to a photo of a black person setting fire to the American flag. “People of color are abandoned by the system. The white system,” he complains.
In France, the memory of Adama Traoré
In Australia, the first country to open the international annoyance bullet on Saturday, thousands of people across the country demonstrated and held up the banner “I can’t breathe”, citing the complaint from George Floyd, whose neck was blocked for nearly nine minutes by the knee of the police who arrested him for a minor crime.
For the organizers, this deal finds many echoes in their country: they also wanted to condemn the very high prison numbers among Aborigines and deaths – more than 400 in the last thirty years – by members of this community while under arrest by police.
In France, where the American drama rediscovered the memory of Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in 2016 following a celebrity arrest, measures were organized that brought a total of more than 23,000 people according to police in several cities to condemn “racism” and “impunity “who would rule within the police.
In Metz, the end of the demonstration was marked by incidents and the prosecutor in this eastern city was easily injured.
Despite the government’s ban in Paris, several thousand people demanded “justice for all” near the US embassy, where they were kept away by police on a large scale.
Eight minutes of silence
In Germany, tens of thousands of protesters marched across the country in the afternoon. The players in Bayern Munich, the championship leader, also showed their solidarity by warming up on Saturday with a t-shirt with the inscription “Red card against racism -BlackLiveMatters”, before the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen.
In the central square of Turin (northern Italy), young protesters observed eight minutes of silence while in Tunis, about 200 people claimed to be able to “breathe” in the face of racism, as “choking” in this country where migrants from sub-Saharan Africa often claim to be victims of verbal and physical abuse.
In Warsaw, a thousand people, often young and dressed in black, were joined by the left-wing candidate for the Polish presidential election, RobertBiedron, with their faces masked.
In Canada, several thousand people in Toronto demonstrated for the second day in a row. Demonstrations also took place in other Canadian cities, including Saint-Jean de Terre Neuve. A large-scale event is planned for Sunday in Montreal.