How Countries Around the World Are Showing Solidarity With the Black Lives Matter Protests in America
The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers has sparked outrage over police brutality and spurred protests condemning institutional racism in American cities. Some marches have been peaceful, while others have erupted into violent clashes between police and activists. Millions of people in the U.S. aren’t the only ones watching the violence unfold — the world is watching too.
As demonstrations in the U.S. go on, the world is jumping into the conversation about racism, systemic discrimination and injustice. Here’s how other countries are responding to the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests.
The United Kingdom
Despite the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, hundreds of people marched in London in solidarity with protestors denouncing George Floyd’s death. Demonstrations took place around the U.S. Embassy, Grenfell Tower and the Peckham neighborhood, where generations of African and Caribbean immigrants have lived.
Cities across Israel have seen activists take to the streets to protest police brutality across the globe and in their own neighborhoods. On May 30, police in Jerusalem fatally shot Eyad al-Halak, an unarmed 32-year-old Palestinian man with autism, outside the special needs school he attended and worked in.
In Berlin, thousands of Germans rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy, chanting "Black lives matter." At the Brandenburg Gate, the crowd marched with signs that read, "Justice can't wait," "Black futures matter" and "Suffocate the racists." Protestors also honored Floyd by painting his image on the Berlin Wall, a concrete barrier and symbol of oppression that divided the city from 1961 to 1989.
In Nairobi, protesters gathered at the U.S. Embassy after the police killed a homeless man for violating a COVID-19 curfew. Unfortunately, this isn't the country's first case of police brutality. Local activists revealed that the police had taken 19 lives while enforcing COVID-19-related rules in Kenya.
In Milan, a crowd gathered in front of the U.S. consulate to express their support for demonstrators. The group sat down with their hands around their necks and signs by their sides bearing various messages condemning discrimination. Artists also created a mural to remind everyone of Floyd’s repeated cry to police: "I can’t breathe."
Protesters also held rallies in Toronto, but the demonstrations occurred primarily in response to the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Black woman who died while police were in her home. While the events that led to her passing are unclear, protesters demanded the end of racism and police violence, as well as answers on Korchinski-Paquet’s death.