The demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George Floyd. They held placards that said, “Black Lives Matter” and “Say his name, George Floyd”. Footage released in the US showed a white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the unarmed Floyd’s neck earlier this week.
Floyd passed out and later died.
Activists took to the streets in Floyd’s home state Minneapolis and across the US to protest alleged police brutality against African-American men.
The protesters were heard shouting “no justice, no peace, black lives matter.”
They also shouted, “I can’t breathe”.
This referred to the words that Mr Floyd said as the police officer knelt on his neck when he was murdered.
In Minnesota, the police officer that killed Mr Floyd did not take his knee off the man’s neck until emergency services arrived.
This was despite Mr Floyd’s body going limp.
The 46-year-old’s death has sparked riots, violence, looting and deaths across the United States.
At 1 pm all of the demonstrators knelt in Trafalgar Square to show their respect for the man that died.
The protestors have pleaded for police reform.
The protests have spread worldwide,
In Berlin, hundreds of demonstrators gathering in front of the US Embassy today to protest the death of George Floyd
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Published at Sun, 31 May 2020 12:07:00 +0000