How #BlackLivesMatter Extends Beyond The U.S.

The virality of George Floyd’s death has sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests around the world.

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UNSPLASH Nicole Baster

After George Floyd died in Minneapolis after being pressed to the pavement by multiple police officers, the injustice has ignited outrage beyond the U.S. borders. Here’s how protestors are now marching for anti-racism and #BlackLivesMatter from Toronto to London.

Belgium

In Belgium, a train features graffiti art honoring the 46-year-old. A bystander captured the moving vehicle sporting the powerful message: “Please, I can’t breathe.”

Berlin, Germany.

On Sunday, a crowd gathered on the US Embassy building in Berlin, calling for justice over Floyd’s death. Online footage highlights thousands of protesters chanting and clapping “Black Lives Matter” in front of the Embassy.

London, UK.

On Saturday, Londoners marched through in the streets of Peckham neighborhood – a recently gentrified area that was home to generations of Caribbean and African immigrants. Also from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street gates, hundreds of protestors “kneed” for Floyd while those who couldn’t attend were encouraged to kneel wherever they were. Some shifted to the U.S. Embassy where a sit-in protest was held.

In the U.K., the black community and the police force share a stormy past with consistent collisions. This resulted in the 2011 Tottenham Riots which was a six-day protest in response to the police killing of Mark Duggan.

Toronto, Canada.

Approximately 4,000 people showed up at Christie Pitts Park on Saturday to march through the city to downtown police HQ in response to Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s death. Korchinski-Paquet died last week by falling from her 24th floor balcony after police officers were called to her home. The incident remains under investigation.

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