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George Floyd's death in US police custody sparks outpouring of solidarity from protesters around the globe - ABC News

From London to Berlin, people around the globe have begun marching in solidarity with American's protesters who have taken to the streets following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The images of burning cars and riot police in the US featured on newspaper front pages around the globe on Sunday — bumping news of the COVID-19 pandemic to second-tier status in some places.

Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on May 25 in the mid-western city of Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes while restraining him. Mr Floyd repeatedly told the officer he could not breathe.

It was the latest in a series of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police in America stretching over decades.

Thousands gathered in central London on Sunday to offer support to American demonstrators.

You look on at a protest filling London's Trafalgar Square from behind two British police officers on a clear day.
Police watched a protest in London's Trafalgar Square against the death in police custody of African-American man George Floyd.(Reuters: John Sibley)

Chanting "No justice! No peace!" and waving placards with the words "How many more?" at Trafalgar Square, the protesters ignored UK Government rules banning crowds as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Demonstrators then marched to the US embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building.

Several hundred protesters milled around in the street and waved placards.

Protesters in Denmark also converged on its US embassy on Sunday, with participants carrying placards with messages such as "Stop killing black people".

On a bright blue day, you view a line of people of African descent holding a yellow banner that reads 'Black Lives Matter'.
Copenhagen's protesters took their demonstration to the US embassy.(Reuters via Ritzau Scanpix: Ida Guldbaek Arentsen)

The US embassy in Berlin was the scene of protests on Saturday under the motto: "Justice for George Floyd".

Several hundred more people took to the streets Sunday in the capital's Kreuzberg area, carrying signs with slogans like "Silence is violence," "Hold cops accountable," and "Who do you call when police murder?"

A woman holds a megaphone while wearing a white singlet that reads 'let us breathe', in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Berlin's protesters marched past the Brandenburg Gate en route to the US embassy.

Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday carried the sensational headline "This killer-cop set America ablaze" with an arrow pointing to a photo of now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder in Mr Floyd's death, with his knee on Mr Floyd's neck.

The newspaper's story reported "scenes like out of a civil war".


In Italy, the Corriere della Sera newspaper's senior US correspondent, Massimo Gaggi, wrote that the reaction to Mr Floyd's killing was "different" than previous cases of black Americans killed by police and the ensuing violence.

He also noted the Minnesota Governor's warning that "anarchist and white supremacy groups were trying to fuel the chaos".

In Australia, a number of protests and vigils in the wake of Mr Floyd's death have been planned for this week.

Meanwhile, Lebanese anti-Government protesters flooded social media with tweets sympathetic to US protesters, using the hashtag #Americarevolts, which became the country's top-trending topic within 24 hours.

Authoritarian states capitalise on American unrest


In countries with authoritarian governments, state-controlled media have been highlighting the chaos and violence of the US demonstrations, in part to undermine American officials' criticism of their own nations.

In China — a country whose rulers have previously overseen the massacre of pro-democracy protesters and presently stands accused of carrying out the largest imprisonment of people on the basis of religion since the holocaust — the unrest is being used to support Beijing's repeated demands that other countries not interfere in its affairs.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-owned tabloid Global Times, used the unrest to condemn Washington's criticism of Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong's anti-government protests.

Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, pointed out America's racial unrest by tweeting "I can't breathe" — a phrase spoken by Mr Floyd repeatedly before his death.


In Iran — which has violently put down nationwide demonstrations by killing hundreds, arresting thousands and disrupting internet access to the outside world — one state TV message accused US police agencies in Washington of "setting fire to cars and attacking protesters", without offering any evidence.

Russia, a state Human Rights Watch has labelled "more repressive than it has ever been in the post-Soviet era", accused the US of "systemic problems in the human rights sphere".

"This incident is far from the first in a series of lawless conduct and unjustified violence from US law enforcement," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


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2020-05-31 21:03:45Z

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