Protests regarding the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in the United States, have gone international, with recent protests in London, Berlin, and Toronto. Demonstrators in these countries are standing in solidarity with activists’ fight against police killings and racism within the criminal justice system.
On May 25, George Floyd lost his life after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for over 8 minutes. In a spine-chilling video of the incident, currently sweeping social media, Floyd is heard saying “I can’t breathe.” Protestors around the world can now be seen holding signs reading those words, and they were even included on a new mural appearing on one of the remaining strips of the Berlin Wall in Germany. In London, hundreds chant “no justice, no peace” as they defy their country’s current laws against large gatherings in order to show support for the black community and Black Lives Matter movement. Five arrests were made at this London protest on Sunday, but the majority were for “breaches of COVID-19 legislation”, while two were for assault on a police officer. Berliners also gathered over the weekend to protest Floyd’s death, with over 2,200 people participating in a demonstration that ended peacefully. Meanwhile, Canadians rallied in Toronto, chanting “not another black life.” Others have taken to social media, including the use of a new trending hashtag in Lebanon, #AmericaRevolts. This is modeled after the slogan for a Lebanese protest movement, Lebanon Revolts, from October of last year. Additionally, Norwegian princess Martha Louise shared a post on social media imploring people to “wake up and stop the inhumanity.”