Updated: Oct 12
The reach of George Floyd and the message embodied in his death have taken over the world within days. Even Syria, as if it did not have enough of its own problems, stands in solidarity with George Floyd. Below, a Syrian protestor artfully places his work in the rubble of a bombed out building.
Below: May 31, 2020 hundreds marching in London against police brutality, outrage over George Floyd., defying the United Kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions that prohibit mass gatherings. The large crowd gathered outside the US embassy in London was especially vocal. #ICantBreathe
In London’s Trafalgar Square, protesters knelt in unison at 1 pm on Sunday to honor Floyd, some in masks, others holding up signs with slogans such as “Justice for George Floyd” and chanting, “Black Lives Matter.” Some protestors focused their messages on racial injustice in the UK.
‘No justice, no peace’
Protesters also surrounded the US Embassy in Berlin, and chanted against police brutality in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
By the end of May 2020, Canada also saw demonstrations in solidary with George Floyd. Of particular note in these demonstrations is the presence of local 'marytrs' to the cause, people of color that have been executed by public authorities in cold blood. Many protestors in Toronto, for example, focused on Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who, according to police, fell from her balcony while police were at her home last week. Police are still investigating the death of Korchinski-Paquet: protesters held up signs that read “Justice for Regis.”
Paris France used the opportunity to protest the injustice committed in the murder of their own 'George Floyd' a black Parisian man named Adama killed by French police under similar circumstances to that of Floyd:
Across Australia, thousands are protesting indigenous deaths in police custody:
George Floyd Goes Global