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The world demands justice for George Floyd: Thousands show solidarity with the US protesters.


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: People gather for a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the US Embassy.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have swept across the globe with demonstrations from Poland to New Zealand in solidarity with US demonstrators.

Thousands rallied outside the US embassies in London, Copenhagen and Berlin, chanting 'I can't breathe,' the words Floyd gasped as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday.

They defied coronavirus lockdown and social distancing rules in Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, Canada; Cardiff, Wales; and in Milan, Italy; to protest the latest African-American death in police custody in the States. 

Candles were lit in Krakow, Poland, and also in Mashhad, Iran, where leaders have cynically criticised Donald Trump's 'racism' and tweeted their support for #BlackLivesMatter.

MASHHAD, IRAN: Demonstrators lit candles and put up posters for George Floyd.

In Germany's Bundesliga - Europe's first top flight soccer league to get back into action amid the pandemic - players wrote messages under their shirts and, inspired by the NFL, 'took a knee.'


England international Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card after revealing a 'Justice for George Floyd' shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and could face further sanctions.

Dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last seven days in deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

BERLIN, GERMANY: Black Lives Matter demonstrators outside the Brandenburg Gate in Germany's capital.

The protests around the world were comparatively peaceful, although in London protesters outside the gates of Downing Street chanted, 'F**k the police.'

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was vocal in the crowd.

In New Zealand, protesters gathered across the North and South Islands in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch

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Nigerian-New Zealand musician, Mazbou Q, who organized the protest, said the gatherings were not just about the death of Floyd.

'The ongoing persecution of the black community is an ongoing phenomenon. The same white supremacy which has led to disproportionate killings of black people in the US exists here in New Zealand,' he told the crowd.


'We pride ourselves on being a nation of empathy, kindness, and love. But the silence from the government and the media does not reflect that at all. In fact, it makes us complicit.'

Nigerian-born mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya was one of about 4,000 demonstrators who gathered in Auckland 

Dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last seven days in deadly clashes with police officers over the killing of Floyd, whose death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against black men.


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