Several thousand people marched on New Zealand’s largest city on Monday to protest the murder of George Floyd in the US as well as to fight police violence and racism in their own country.
Many people throughout the world have watched with growing anxiety in the civil unrest in the U.S. after the latest in a series of police killings of black men and women. Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white policeman pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing. Officers were fired and charged with murder.
Protesters in Auckland march to the US Consulate, where they kneel. They hold banners with slogans such as “I can’t breathe” and “Viruses are actually racism.”
Hundreds more joined the peaceful protest and vigilantism elsewhere in New Zealand, where Monday is a public holiday.
At a meeting in central London on Sunday, thousands of people offered support to American demonstrators, shouting, “There is no justice! There is no peace!” and waved the placard with the words “How much more?”
Elsewhere, too, the demonstrators established solidarity with U.S. protesters. with messages addressed to local authorities.
In Brazil, hundreds of people protested against crimes committed by police against black people in the Rio de Janeiro working class neighborhood, known as favelas. The police used tear gas to disperse them, with several demonstrators saying “I can’t breathe,” Floyd repeated his own words.
In Canada, anti-racism protests degenerated into clashes between the Montreal police and several demonstrators. Police said the meeting was illegal after they said the projectile was thrown at officers who responded with pepper spray and tear gas. Some windows were destroyed and several fires broke out.
In authoritarian countries, unrest becomes an opportunity to undermine U.S. criticism. for their own situation. Iranian state television repeatedly broadcast images of US unrest. Russia says the United States has a systemic human rights problem.
And state-controlled media in China witnessed protests through the prism of the American view of Hong Kong’s anti-government demonstrations, which China has long said is encouraged by the US.
In a commentary, the ruling Communist Party newspaper of the Global Times said Chinese experts had noted that U.S. politicians might think twice before commenting again about Hong Kong, knowing “their words might backfire.”
The official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported on Monday the demonstration, saying that protesters “strongly condemned” a white police officer “lawless and brutal murder” of a black citizen.
Three large photos from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reuters news agency and Agence France-Presse show scenes of protests from the past few days in the city where Floyd was killed.
The article said hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the White House chanting “There is no justice, no peace,” and that demonstrations are taking place in other cities and are expected to grow. That doesn’t make a direct comment about the Trump administration.
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