Tens of thousands of people marched in Washington DC, in the city’s largest protest so far. security forces blocked any approach to the White House. Crowds also demonstrated in New York, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco.
Meanwhile, people paid their respect to Mr. Floyd in North Carolina, where he was born, before a memorial service.
Mr. Floyd an unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May, the video showed a White police officer kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes while he is pinned to the floor.
Officer Derek Chauvin has been dismissed and charged with murder. Three other officers who were at the scene have also been sacked and charged with aiding and abetting. Large anti-racism protests also took place in a number of other countries. in the UK parliament Square in Central London was filled with people despite calls by the government to avoid mass gatherings for fear of spreading the coronavirus.
In Australia, there were major protests in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane that focused on the treatment of indigenous Australians. There where also a demonstration in France, Germany, and Spain.What Happened at the protests
The largest appeared to be in Washington DC, where protesters – many of them carrying placards saying “black lives matter” – gathered peacefully near the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and outside Lafayette park, next to the White House, at the newly renamed black lives matter plaza.
Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed people, saying the crowds had sent a message to President Donald Trump. on Monday, federal law enforcement officers fired tear gas to clear a protest in the area ahead of a visit to a church by the President.
If he can take over Washington DC, he can come for any state, and none of us will be safe, ” she said.” our soldiers should not be treated that way, they should not be asked to move on American citizens.
Ms browser has requested the withdrawal of all federal law enforcement officers and National Guard troops from the city, saying their presence is “unnecessary”.
One 35-year-old protester, Eric wood, told the BBC: ‘ I’m here because I really couldn’t afford to be here. Racism has long been apart of the US.”
Crystal Ballinger, 46, said she felt hopeful about the movement this time. ” I feel something different about this protest…I’m hopeful that the massage of solidarity and equality is getting out, “
Many of the city curfews imposed after initial unrest have now been lifted. with restriction eased, arrests have plummeted.
However, late on Saturday police in Portland, Oregon, declared an ” unlawful assembly and civil disturbance. after projectiles, we’re thrown at officers near the justice center. Seattle police also said projectiles had been through and several offers we’re hurt by “improvised explosive”.
Earlier in New York, crowds crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, while in San Francisco demonstrators briefly shut the Golden Gate Bridge. in Chicago, about 30,000 people rallied in Union park and a Hollywood intersection was blocked by protesters in Los Angeles.
And in Richmond, Virginia, a statue of a Confederate general was pulled down from its pedestal.
There where also protest in Atlanta and Philadelphia, where crowds chanted, ” we need justice, we need love”.