Forbes has an article showing photos and descriptions of the protests that are happening all over the world in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Upwards of tens of thousands of people showed up for protests and marches in London, England; Paris, France; Brisbane, Australia; Rome, Italy; Berlin and Cologne, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; and the Palestinian territories. How cool is it to see Palestinian protesters holding signs saying (in English) “Black Lives Matter”.
- Bristol, England, where a statue of a 17th century slave trader was toppled and thrown in the local river.
- Brussels, Belgium, where protesters climbed a statue of King Leopold II while waving the flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The DRC was a colony under Leopold, who inflicted countless atrocities.
And of course, there were massive , but generally peaceful protests in the US. This included an estimated 100,000 to 200,0000 people at the newly named Black Lives Matter plaza in DC, which was attended by civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA). There were so many people you could hardly see the two-block-long “Black Lives Matter” that the mayor had commissioned to be painted on the street.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) marched in protest with around 1000 evangelical leaders in DC, singing “This Little Light of Mine“. Romney also tweeted a photo of his father, George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the 60s when he was governor of Michigan.
In Philadelphia the protests stretched for over a mile, and a black couple finished getting married and joined the protest, walking hand-in-hand and holding their fists in the air.
Click the link at the top of this post to see all the photos and tweets. It warmed my heart to see the world joining in solidarity with American protesters. We may come out of this mess in one piece after all, and maybe even steer US Justice onto a better path than what we have now: