African-American George Floyd, 46, died on the evening of May 25 in Minneapolis lying face down on the street after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck for almost 9 minutes as he gasped, “Please, I can’t breathe,” killing him.
The incident was caught on video by several bystanders and later circulated on social media across the world, triggering angry protests in dozens of US cities including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
The brutal killing also fueled anti-racism protests outside the US in several countries, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Denmark, Canada and Iran.
Europeans march on US missions
In London, British protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square and marched along the Thames towards the US Embassy, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and carrying signs with slogans such as “How Many More?” “Racism is a Global Issue” and “Your Silence Is Deafening.”
UK Metropolitan Police reported arresting 23 demonstrators in central London on Sunday. Similar demonstrations were held in the cities of Manchester and Cardiff.
The protests defied a ban on mass gatherings as part of measures to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
In the German capital Berlin, protesters gathered on Sunday near the US Embassy chanting “Stop Killing Us,” “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.”