Seeking justice for George Floyd has expanded beyond the U.S. with thousands hitting the streets around the globe this weekend in protest against racism and police brutality, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Turning up to protests in the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany over the weekend, thousands of people gathered in capital cities to demonstrate. Many held signs reading "Justice for George Floyd," and the words "I can't breathe," which were said repeatedly by Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin has been arrested and charged with murder. Protests have taken place in at least 140 cities across the U.S. in the week since Floyd's death.
Protests have continued around the world as people took to the streets to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25. The death of Floyd, a Black man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer pressing on his neck for almost nine minutes, sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. Protesters in the English city of Bristol toppled a statue of a 17th-century slave trader. Demonstrators attached ropes to the statue of Edward Colston before pulling it down to cheers and roars of approval from the crowd. Images on social media show the statue was eventually rolled into the city's harbour.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country--and around the world--for what appeared to be the largest mobilization of activists on a single day since George Floyd was killed on May 25. On the 12th day of demonstrations, protesters called for an end to racism and police brutality, often highlighting others who had been killed at the hands of law enforcement. Much of downtown Washington, D.C. was closed off Saturday as law enforcement prepared for a huge march on the same day as mourners gathered to pay their respects in North Carolina, where Floyd was born. Massive protests also took place in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, to name a few, while smaller cities and towns also saw demonstrators take to the streets. Beyond the United States, protesters also gathered in several major cities around the world, including London, Paris, Berlin, and Sydney.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer who rolled into the midst of thousands of people marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway over the death of George Floyd has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Authorities had said it appeared no one was hurt Sunday but some witnesses said a handful of people who were on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis sought medical attention on their own. Authorities said they could not confirm that. The freeway was among many shut down in the Minneapolis area for the second night in a row as officials imposed an 8 p.m. curfew and sought to make it more difficult for protesters to move around. Bystander video showed the crowd parting seconds before the semi rolled through, then the tanker truck gradually slowed and demonstrators swarmed the truck.
Heartwarming episodes of brotherhood among local residents protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25 and their local police forces are being increasingly seen across more and more localities in the United States. They stand in stark contrast to the horrific scenes of destruction and mayhem in other cities by anarchists and criminals exploiting peaceful protests to commit crimes against people and property. Police officers in Kansas City held aloft a sign that read "END police brutality," while cops in Camden, New Jersey, joined Black Lives Matter protesters in marching against police brutality. And in Coral Gables, Florida, officers of the local police department took to one knee in response to Floyd's death. In Santa Cruz, California, Police Chief Andy Mills took a knee with protesters.