Following yesterday’s protests in London as a result of the murder of George Floyd, a black man in the USA which has led to a global backlash against racism and police brutality, the anti-racist protesters may continue today and beyond.
Another protest is planned today and on Sunday, June 7, in central London, the black journalist Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff said.
Various American cities erupted into violence again last night, as police and demonstrators clashed after George Floyd died following being arrested. And the protests have now spread across the globe, with activists in Peckham, South London, taking to the streets yesterday and planning another event today.
Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder in the case, after videos emerged of a white American police officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck as he pleaded: ‘I can’t breathe’.
Dozens of protesters chanted as they marched in Peckham, with some of those taking part carrying placards declaring ‘solidarity’ and that ‘Black lives matter’.
Posting on Twitter, Ms Brinkhurst-Cuff, who is head of editorial at Galdem Magazine, wrote: ‘Black British people (and everyone else to be honest), especially those with key workers in their families, elderly or who are going to be exposed to medically vulnerable people / are so themselves should approach with extreme caution, wear masks and absolutely social distance.
‘There are other ways to show up for the black community than gatherings right now. But also understand why they are taking place #BlackLivesMatter’.
Elsewhere, protesters also gathered in Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada yesterday.
NBC reported that ‘thousands’ gathered outside the American Embassy in the German capital, while aerial footage showed a huge march on the streets of Canada’s most populated city.
Demonstrations have flared up across the United States after the death of Mr Floyd in Minneapolis this week. More than a dozen cities are under curfew, while at least 30 have been the scene of protests.
Video of the arrest, which has gone viral, shows Mr Floyd begging for air and saying, ‘please, I can’t breathe’ and ‘don’t kill me’ as he was handcuffed and being knelt on for minutes.
Criminal charges were filed on Friday against white police officer Chauvin, 44, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Tweeting about the protests earlier this week, President Donald Trump said: ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’.
The USA is no stranger to demonstrations linked to racial tensions, often linked to white police officers and the deaths of black Americans. In 2014, Ferguson saw ten days of protests after unarmed teenager Michael Brown’s death, while in 1992, race riots in Los Angeles left scores dead after four white officers were acquitted following the beating of black motorist Rodney King.
Pix: #BlackLivesMatter protest today in Peckham, South East London – led by young, mainly black people.