George Floyd: Protests in solidarity take place throughout the world
Protests have taken place throughout the world as the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has generated widespread international condemnation.
Floyd was an African American who was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for nine minutes despite Floyd complaining that he could not breathe. At the time of the incident, Floyd was unarmed. The official post-mortem declared ‘homicide’ to be the cause of death.
Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He will stand before the court next week. Three other officers involved in the incident have been dismissed.
Protests have engulfed various cities throughout the United States. Protesters have clashed with the police, resulting in at least five officers being shot.
Demonstrations took place in Trafalgar Square in central London and were followed by a march to the US embassy chanting the slogan “No justice! No peace!”
Hundreds gathered outside American diplomatic compounds throughout European capitals. A memorial has appeared in graffiti on part of the former Berlin Wall depicting Floyd and his last words “I can’t breathe”. At least four protest gatherings took place in New Zealand with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called to denounce the killing as a hate crime.