massive mobilization against racism across the planet

From France to Australia via Japan or the UK, thousands of people took to the streets of several countries throughout the weekend to join the movement of anger against discrimination and racial and police methods, born in the US after George Floyd’s death.

Despite the pandemic of new coronaviruses, tens of thousands of people around the world hit the sidewalk on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 to express their rage of racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd’s 46-year-old black American when arrested by a white police officer.

From Britain to Australia, via France and Tunisia, protesters defied the authorities’ calls to stay home because of the health crisis in an unprecedented protest movement inaugurated by igniting the United States and in some countries resonating with local news.

Protesters gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial on June 6, 2020 in Washington. AFP – OLIVIER DOULIERY

Washington, Philidelphia, New York: Tens of thousands of Americans demonstrated on Saturday in a calm atmosphere against racism and police brutality on a day marked by a new ceremony in memory of George Floyd. According to Washington Post, one of the biggest events in US history.

During a blazing sun, which sometimes stopped to kneel on the ground, a dense crowd of people invaded the streets of the US federal capital, near the White House, Capitol or Lincoln Memorial.

On the impressive fence erected in front of Donald Trump’s home, portraits of George Floyd, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, African Americans were all dead to the hands of US police in recent years.

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Protesters in Melbourne join the Global Anti-Racism and Police Movement, June 6, 2020, in Australia.
Protesters in Melbourne join the Global Anti-Racism and Police Movement, June 6, 2020, in Australia. AFP – WILLIAM WEST

The first country to open the international scandal bullet on Saturday saw thousands of people demonstrating across the country and noticed “I can’t breathe” banners, citing the complaint of George Floyd, killed by a police officer 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 arrested by police.

Protesters in Tokyo join the global anti-racial and police movement, June 6, 2020, in Japan.
Protesters in Tokyo join the global anti-racial and police movement, June 6, 2020, in Japan. REUTERS – Issei Kato

Protesters in Tokyo not only marched in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, but also condemned the treatment of a Kurd who claimed he was brutalized and handled by the police during his arrest.

“I want to show that there is racism in Japan now,” said Wakaba, a 17-year-old high school student who holds up a sign with his friend Moe and says, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.” “No justice, no one peace, no racist police, “the people screamed.

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Protesters in London join the Global Anti-Racism and Police Movement, June 6, 2020, in the United Kingdom.
Protesters in London join the Global Anti-Racism and Police Movement, June 6, 2020, in the United Kingdom. REUTERS – Henry Nicholls

Gathered in London near Parliament, thousands of people, their faces often covered with a mask, but without necessarily respecting the rules of distance, held up signs with the slogan “Black Lives Matter”.

“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 to “put an end to racism”, another “pandemic”.

Protesters in Paris join the worldwide movement against racial discrimination and police practices on June 6, 2020 in France.
Protesters in Paris join the worldwide movement against racial discrimination and police practices on June 6, 2020 in France. AFP – GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT

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.

Despite the government’s ban in Paris, several thousand people demanded “justice for all” near the US embassy, ​​from which they were kept apart by police forces deployed in large numbers.

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Dortmund English player Jadon Sancho is wearing a t-shirt
Dortmund’s English player Jadon Sancho wears a t-shirt inscribed “No Justice, No Peace” at the warm-up on June 6, 2020 in Germany, in solidarity with the world movement against racial discrimination and police methods. AFP – LARS BARON

In Germany, tens of thousands of protesters marched across the country in the afternoon. Players from Bayern Munich, the championship leader and Borussia Dortmund also showed their solidarity on Saturday. The former warmed up with a t-shirt marked “Red card against racism – BlackLivesMatter”, before the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen, before playing with a bracelet labeled “BlackLivesMatter”; the latter, playing opposite Hertha Berlin, arrived in the warm-up with black t-shirts with two inscriptions: “No Justice, No Peace” and the words “Black, White, Yellow, Red” (crossed out and underlined with the word “human”) .

Before the kick-off, players from Dortmund and Hertha Berlin gathered around the center circle to observe a minute of silence on one knee and imitate the now symbolic gesture of NFL (American Football League) player Colin Kaepernick, a voice for U.S. protests against police violence.

Protesters in Tunis join the worldwide movement against racial discrimination and police practices on June 6, 2020 in Tunisia.
Protesters in Tunis join the worldwide movement against racial discrimination and police practices on June 6, 2020 in Tunisia. AFP – FETHI BELAID

In Tunis, about 200 people demanded “justice” and in order to “breathe” before racism, such as “suffocation”.

“This plague is also present in Tunisia,” said an official of the Tunisian Association to support minorities, while migrants from sub-Saharan Africa often claim to be victims of verbal and physical abuse in the country.

Protesters in Toronto join the global protest movement against racism and police violence on June 6, 2020 in Canada.
Protesters in Toronto join the global protest movement against racism and police violence on June 6, 2020 in Canada. AFP – Cole Burston

In Canada, several thousand people in Toronto demonstrated on the Saturday 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.

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Protesters in Rome join the global movement against racial discrimination and police practices, June 7, 2020, in Italy.
Protesters in Rome join the global movement against racial discrimination and police practices, June 7, 2020, in Italy. AFP – ALBERTO PIZZOLI

The tribes continued on Sunday, as in Rome, where an unforeseen demonstration gathered in the great Piazza del Popolo, thousands of young people kneeling in silence, their fists rising for almost nine minutes during which a policeman rested his knee on George Floyd’s neck until his death . When they got up they shouted, “I can’t breathe!”

Protesters in Madrid join the global movement against racial discrimination and police practices, June 7, 2020, in Spain.
Protesters in Madrid join the global movement against racial discrimination and police practices, June 7, 2020, in Spain. REUTERS – Juan Medina

Thousands of Spaniards also joined protesters speaking out against racism around the world on Sunday. In front of a large police guard, they knelt for a minute in silence in protest of police violence against blacks.

With AFP and Reuters