Protests against George Floyd’s death have swept across the world with demonstrations from Poland to New Zealand in solidarity with US protesters caught up in violent riots.
Thousands gathered outside the US embassies in London, Copenhagen and Berlin and said “I can’t breathe,” Floyd said when a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday.
They defied coronavirus locking and social distance rules in Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, Canada; Cardiff, Wales; also in Milan, Italy; to protest the recent African American death in police custody in the United States.
The lights came on in Krakow, Poland and also in Mashhad, Iran, where leaders have cynically criticized Donald Trump̵
In Germany’s Bundesliga – Europe’s first top-flight football to return to action among the pandemics – players wrote messages under their jerseys and, inspired by the NFL, “took a knee.”
English international Jadon Sancho received a yellow card after revealing a “justice for George Floyd” jersey while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and could face further sanction.
Dozens of American cities have been set on fire over the past seven days in deadly clashes with police over Floyd’s murder, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African Americans.
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DUBLIN, IRELAND: Protesters hold signs at a demonstration of Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis
ATHENS, Greece: Supporters of the Greek Communist Party hold letters spelling “I can’t breathe” as they protest outside the US embassy
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: People are flooding the streets to take part in the protest following the death of Minneapolis police officer over George Floyd
AUCKLAND, New Zealand: About 4,000 New Zealand protesters protest against murder of Minneapolis man George Floyd in a Black Lives Matter protest
LONDON, ENGLAND: A protester is arrested by police when people participate in a demonstration of Black Lives Matter near Marble Arch
BERLIN, GERMANY: Black Lives Matter protesters outside Brandenburg Gate in Germany’s capital, singing as “justice can’t wait,” in solidarity with US action over George Floyd’s death
MILAN, ITALY: A flash mob of protesters holds hands around their neck with signs saying “I can’t breathe,” outside the United States Consulate
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: People gather for a demonstration of Black Lives Matter in front of the US Embassy
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY: Marcus Thuram from Borussia Moenchengladbach “takes a knee” after scoring against FC Union Berlin at Borussia Park on Sunday
MASHHAD, IRAN: Demonstrators lit candles and put up posters for George Floyd. Iranian leaders have cynically criticized Donald Trump’s “racism” and tweeted their support for #BlackLivesMatter.
TORONTO, CANADA: A man screams at police as protesters march to highlight deaths in United States by Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and by Toronto’s Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who died after falling from an apartment building while police were present
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: Hundreds of protesters were packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday, singing “I can’t breathe,” the words Floyd heard a whine as a white cop knelt on Minneapolis
LONDON, ENGLAND: Activists from the Black Lives Matter campaign hold a rally at Windrush Square in Brixton before marching towards central London to demand justice for George Floyd and an end to police violence
WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Protesters dropping a car and smashing their class windows during a protest near the White House on Sunday night
The protests around the world were comparatively peaceful, although protesters outside the gates of Downing Street shouted in London, “F ** k the police.”
One of the singers waved the black and red flag of Antifa (antifascist). Donald Trump has accused the militant leftists of encountering anarchist violence during riots in the states.
Twenty-three were arrested in the capital: three for violating the coronavirus law, two for assaulting officers, and others for a range of crimes including possession of an assault weapon and violation of COVID legislation.
Hundreds of peaceful protesters also packed the lawns outside Cardiff Castle and in St Peter’s Square in Manchester they were flocked with placards saying: ‘Britain is not innocent.’
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab yesterday appealed to the United States not to “tear himself apart” and said the Floyd case was “very disturbing”.
But he insisted he would not comment on the backlash against Donald Trump’s response to a wave of furious protests across the US, only saying he wanted the country to “come back together.”
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was singing in Auckland crowd during Monday’s demonstration
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: An estimated 4,000 protesters gathered for the Black Lives Matter march, while other events happened in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Many protesters wore face masks during the peaceful demonstrations that united a broad mix of Kiwis in support of justice for George Floyd
ATHENS, Greece: Supporters of the Greek Communist Party wear banners as they protest outside the US embassy
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Protesters held up signs that read “I Can’t Breathe” and “No Justice No Peace” when songs heard through the city on Monday afternoon
AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Approximately 4,000 people protested in New Zealand on Tuesday to demand justice for African-American man George Floyd, killed in the US city of Minneapolis by police including a white officer who knelt when he died
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Protesters flooded the streets with handmade signs in protest of Floyd’s death in police custody
VANCOUVER, CANADA: Ruby Lewis, 17, holds a sign that reads “I Can’t Breathe” as thousands of people gather for a peaceful demonstration in support of George Floyd and protest against racism, injustice and police brutality in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, CANADA: Two men get into a short mix after the man, in white, asked the other, at the bottom, to stop vandalizing a building, as thousands of people gathered to demonstrate against George Floyd’s death
TORONTO, CANADA: People shout at police outside Toronto police headquarters as protesters march to highlight deaths in police custody in US
TORONTO, CANADA: People shout at police outside Toronto police headquarters as protesters march to highlight deaths in police custody in US
TORONTO, CANADA: Black Lives Matter protesters joined thousands worldwide in spontaneous marches over the weekend
Raab appeals to the United States not to “tear it apart” over “worrying” Floyd cases
Asked about Donald Trump’s answer, Dominic Raab Sky told me: ‘I’m not going to start commenting on the comments or really the press statements made by other world leaders, or indeed the US president.
“Pictures of what happened to George Floyd were very disturbing, as were the scenes across America of the riots and part of the violence.
“And what we do know is that the suspect has now been charged with murder, there is a federal investigation and we want to see the escalation of all these tensions and Americans gather.”
He later told the BBC: “I have long adhered to the self-imposed guidance not to comment on what President Trump is saying or indeed other world leaders, that’s not really what my job is.”
Mr Raab said he wanted to see the United States “come back together and not tear it apart, which is obviously a very disturbing and disturbing case”.
BLM, which has become an international group after it was launched seven years ago in response to African-American deaths in police custody, succeeded on Sunday in mobilizing thousands worldwide.
In New Zealand, protesters gathered across the North and South Islands in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
However, BLM protests in Australia were suspended over fears of violence.
The Nigerian-New Zealand musician, Mazbou Q, who organized the protest, said the gatherings were not just about Floyd’s death.
“The ongoing persecution of the black community is an ongoing phenomenon. The same white supremacy that has led to disproportionate murders of black people in the United States is found here in New Zealand, he told the audience.
“We are proud to be a nation of empathy, kindness and love. But the silence of the government and the media does not reflect that at all. It actually makes us complicated. ‘
The Nigerian-born mixed martial arts artist and UFC (Middleweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya) was one of about 4,000 protesters gathered in Auckland
In Christchurch, where 51 people were killed by a self-proclaimed white supremacist last year, a speaker, Josephine Varghese, told the crowd: ‘We demand race and economic justice. Black lives matter, original lives matter, Muslim lives matter. ‘
In London, a protester said the protests were “very important because it sends a clear message that we have had enough racial justice in our country”.
US Embassy, LONDON, ENGLAND: A woman is led away by police during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London
BELFAST, NORTH IRELAND: Saffron Kargbo holds a sign saying “Black skin is not reasonable suspicion nor a weapon” at a protest meeting outside Belfast City Hall
BELFAST, NORTH IRELAND: People at a protest meeting outside Belfast City Hall following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis
DOWNING STREET, LONDON, ENGLAND: Armed police guard the gates on Downing Street where hundreds of protesters were seen holding placards, as well as an Antifa (anti-fascist) flag
DUBLIN, IRELAND: People at a Black Lives Matter protest rally outside the US Embassy following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, U.S.A.
US Embassy, LONDON, ENGLAND: A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police during a protest against the death of Minneapolis police officer over African-American man George Floyd near U.S.
LONDON, ENGLAND: People carrying banners gather during a protest over George Floyd’s death, an unarmed black man who died after being caught by a white police officer in the United States
CARDIFF, WALES: Protesters outside Cardiff Castle in Wales today to show solidarity with protesters in the US
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Protesters gather in Manchester today to demonstrate against George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday
LONDON, ENGLAND: People gather during a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march through central London to protest George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march on Trafalgar Square to protest George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis
LONDON ENGLAND: Protesters respond when a woman screams in pain when she is arrested and led by police near the US Embassy in London on Sunday
DUBLIN IRELAND: Demonstrations have taken place across Ireland in the wake of Floyd’s death and a mural was painted in West Dublin
Isabelle Orsini, 20, originally from New York, said: ‘The United States obviously has a much deeper and darker history of black discrimination compared to the UK. The reason people are so angry is that this is to open wounds that go back hundreds of years.
“It is very important that we do everything it takes to tell our government that racism will not be tolerated.”
After marching on the US embassy, they crossed back across the Thames before gathering at the base of Grenfell Tower where 72 mostly black and ethnic minority people died in a fire in 2017.
AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS: One demonstrator has a sign that says “stand for something or fall for something” while another says “together we stand”
AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS: Protesters show signs saying “White privilege is real” and “Racism is a pandemic” during protest from Black Lives Matter
AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS: One protester has a sign that says “my skin is not a crime” while another says “all lives can’t mean until black lives matter”
WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Protesters gather outside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, DC, USA: A woman holds up a sign near the White House to protest the death of Minneapolis police officer over George Floyd
GENT, BELGIUM: Protesters respect social distance when protesting after George Floyd’s death in the U.S.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: A demonstrator has a sign that says, “Stop white supremacy!” during demonstrations in Switzerland on Monday
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Activists hold up placard and carry a banner as they participate in a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday against George Floyd’s recently killed
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Protesters holding placards saying “White silence kills” and “Stop white superiority” march through the city on Monday
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Protesters Attend a Black Lives Matter Protest on Monday in Solidarity with Those in the United States
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Hundreds of protesters marching under a bridge in Zurich today as the world responds to the latest African American death in police custody
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Activists march through the city center on Monday as Europe shows solidarity with the United States
A reverence at a church in Trafalgar Square, where the protest began, said she was “very sympathetic” to the marchers but expressed some concern about how close they were.
Séra Sally Hitchiner, assistant pastor at St Martin-in-the-Fields, said: ‘It shows that there are people in the UK who care passionately about the situation in the United States.
“Obviously, they don’t follow lockdown and social distancing, but I think there’s a tremendous amount of passion there and that’s overwhelming their concern.
“It’s an issue that requires passion but at the same time there is a huge amount of risk in what they do.”
BERLIN, GERMANY: A woman holds a megaphone during a protest against the death of Minneapolis police officer over African-American man George Floyd, at Brandenburg Gate
PADERBORN, GERMANY: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund lifts his shirt to reveal a “justice for George Floyd” message after scoring the second goal during the Bundesliga match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena on Sunday. Sancho received a yellow card for the team and could face further penalties
BERLIN, GERMANY: Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement hold placards and banners to protest police brutality in the US after George Floyd’s death
PADERBORN, GERMANY: Achraf Hakimi from Dortmund lifts his shirt to reveal a “justice for George Floyd” message after scoring during the Bundesliga match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena on Sunday
KRAKOW, POLEN: En kvinna tänder ett ljus för att placera i ett litet minnesmärke för George Floyd framför USA: s konsulat på söndag
BARCELONA, SPANIEN: Folk håller skyltar och bär ansiktsmasker som säger “Jag kan inte andas” i en protest i Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN: A woman wears a face mask with ‘I can’t breathe’ written across it during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd
BARCELONA, SPAIN: A man wearing a face mask walks past graffiti in memory of George Floyd by Italian street artist TVBoy
BERLIN, GERMANY: Children taking part in a rally against racism on Sunday following the recent death of George Floyd in the USA
Lat night chaos continued to unfold in cities across the US with more than 50 Secret Service agents injured in clashes with protesters in Washington DC and a church torched close to the White House.
Tens of thousands of people gathered as the National Guard was deployed to over half the states in the country on Sunday for protests that have seen 4,100 people get arrested this weekend alone.
But even the threat of heavy officer presence didn’t deter protesters in Philadelphia from hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, crowds to raid stores including Coach and Chanel in New York and San Francisco, and fires being ignited mere feet from the White House.
Late Sunday in Washington D.C. a fire was set ablaze in the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park in front of the White House.
In the last seven days hundreds of protests have unfolded in at least 145 cities across the country as people gather in outrage over the horrifying death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day.
Over 1,000 protesters gathered around a fire ignited near the White House on Sunday evening
Protesters set an American flag on fire at Lafayette Park in front of the White House as they rallied against police brutality on Sunday evening
The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC was set ablaze in protests on Sunday. Police form a line in front of the church late Sunday
The demonstrations have marked unparalleled civil unrest in the US that hasn’t been seen since the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At least 40 cities have imposed curfews in light of the riots and violence and National Guard members have been activated in 26 states and Washington, DC.
Washington state governor Jay Inslee was among those to send for the National Guard after vandalism and looting in multiple cities, calling the riots ‘illegal and dangerous’ but adding they should not ‘detract from the anger so many feel at the deep injustice laid so ugly and bare by the death of George Floyd’.
In total at least five people have been killed in protest violence after gunfire rang out in Detroit and Indianapolis and in Omaha a 22-year-old black protester was killed in a struggle with a local business owner.
Two Atlanta police officers were fired Sunday after video emerged showing them using excessive force during protests this weekend, including tasing and dragging two college students from a car.
St. John’s cathedral, which was opened in 1816, was set ablaze Sunday night in the nation’s capital, but it’s not clear how the fire started. The fire was put out shortly after 11pm.
A protester raises his first near a fire outside the White House when protests engulfed the country one night
Police and Secret Service pictured standing guard in front of the White House as protesters edge closer on Sunday
Chaos continued to unfold in cities across America late Sunday night including Washington DC, just steps from the White House, where police and Secret Service deployed tear gas as they faced off with protesters during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd
A fire was also set in Lafayette Park, located just in front of the White House, where a protester set a US flag on fire sending smoke into the air as more than 1,000 gathered and raised their fists in solidarity.
Fury erupted even as it neared curfew in Washington DC and as police fired tear gas and pepper spray amid blazes in the capital.
Trump was rushed to White House bunker as protests raged outside
Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker by Secret Service agents on Friday as protesters clashed with police outside, it has emerged.
An administration official and a Republican close to the White House both confirmed that Trump had been taken to safety after the George Floyd protests reached Washington.
It was not clear whether First Lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron, joined the president in the bunker.
‘The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,’ said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
The underground bunker was where then-Vice President Dick Cheney was taken on September 11, 2001 as the terror attacks unfolded. President George W. Bush was in Florida when he learned of the attacks.
There were fears that one of the planes was aiming for the White House, which led the Secret Service to seek to protect Cheney.
In the years since 9/11, the bunker has been fortified to withstand the impact of a jetliner crashing into the White House.
On Sunday alone more than 50 Secret Service officers were injured so far, a senior official told Fox News, after rioters threw bottles and Molotov cocktails at them.
People were seen throwing branches and fireworks into the fires as police advanced forward in a line in a bid to push back the crowds to send people home as curfew is called for 11pm local time and will lift Monday morning at 6am, as designated by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Before the blaze at the church broke out church officials said they were thankful that the church wasn’t hit by protests the day before.
‘We are fortunate that the damage to the buildings is limited,’ Rev. Rob Fischer, the rector of the church, said earlier on Sunday. He said that that same morning church officials had secured its valuables.
In Manhattan a line of cops armed with plastic shields and batons were seen storming into a crowd of protesters on Sunday evening amid growing agitation.
A circle of eight cops was seen gathering around one protester, flinging him to the ground and arresting him. Nearby also in Manhattan a car was sent up in flames Sunday evening, leaving demonstrators scrambling.
In New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter Chiara de Blaio was arrested Saturday night alongside protesters in Greenwich Village for unlawful assembly and was later released, police said.
On Sunday stores across all boroughs were ransacked, including a Chanel in Soho and a Coach store in Midtown.
Around a dozen people were seen forcing entry into the Chanel located on Spring and Wooster after 11pm. One man was spotted leaving with four bags, as per the New York Post.
Looters pictured running out of a vandalized Coach store in Manhattan on Sunday
Looters in New York pictured leaving a broken into store in Manhattan after ransacking its merchandise Sunday
Stronger together: Activists pictured arm in arm as they march to the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday
A man in a Spiderman costume raises his fist in solidarity with protesters with the Freedom Tower shining in the back during protests in Brooklyn Sunday evening
Two men fleeing the store were arrested down the block by cops who arrived two minutes after the break in.
In Los Angeles the county sheriff said people were out on the streets ‘acting like terrorists’ following a day that saw peaceful protests alongside widespread looting and store raids.
‘The peaceful [protesters]… tend to remain peaceful but what’s embedded within them are people that are right now, they’re just acting like terrorists, trying to instill fear, damage property and loot,’ Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said to press Sunday.
‘There’s no lawful protesters left anymore. Everybody who’s here is just trying to do damage,’ he added.