Protests sparked by the George Floyd demonstrations in the U.S. have taken root on three continents as people from Paris to Seoul demand justice for Floyd, police reforms and an end to racism in America as well as their own homelands.
What started as rallies in scattered states across the United States has developed into a global movement. Saturday saw tens of thousands in cities across Asia, Europe and Australia, gathering and protesting peacefully with now-familiar chants of “I Can’t Breathe,” “No Justice, No Peace, (****) the police” and “Black Lives Matter.”
The protesters also chanted the name of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis who was allegedly killed by police after an officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Video footage of the entire incident became the spark for the current movement.
The video struck a chord in black communities across the globe, driving protesters into the streets in Berlin, Paris, London and other cities in Europe.
“I was born French, on the day when we celebrate our country. But on a daily basis, I don’t feel that this country accepts me,” said Marie Djedje, a 14-year-old Parisian. “I know I’m going to have to fight twice as hard as the others. But I’m prepared.”