Demonstrators carry placards with slogans as they march in the road outside the US embassy in London on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd. AFP / AP
Thousands gathered in central London on Sunday to offer support for American demonstrators. Chanting "No justice! No peace!" and waving placards with the words "How many more?” at Trafalgar Square, the protesters ignored UK government rules banning crowds because of the pandemic.
People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London. AP
Police didn't stop them. Demonstrators then marched to the US embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building. Several hundred sat in the street and waved placards.
Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s closest allies, though many have watched coverage of the often-violent protests with growing unease. Burning cars and riot police in the US featured on newspaper front pages around the globe on Sunday — bumping news of the COVID-19 pandemic to second-tier status in some places.
George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck. It was the latest in a series of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police in America.
Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the US Embassy in London. AFP
Russia also expressed a lack of shock. "This incident is far from the first in a series of lawless conduct and unjustified violence from US law enforcement,’’ the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "American police commit such high-profile crimes all too often.” There also have been expressions of solidarity with the demonstrators.
The US embassy in Berlin was the scene of protests on Saturday evening under the motto: "Justice for George Floyd.” Police said the gathering, organized through social media, was larger than expected but reported no arrests.
A woman wearing a protective face mask holds up a Black Live Matters sign during a protest against the death of George Floyd in London. Reuters
Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday carried the sensational headline "This killer-cop set America ablaze” with an arrow pointing to a photo of now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder in Floyd’s death, with his knee on Floyd’s neck. The newspaper’s story reported "scenes like out of a civil war."
In Italy, the Corriere della Sera newspaper's senior US correspondent Massimo Gaggi wrote that the reaction to Floyd’s killing was "different” than previous cases of black Americans killed by police and the ensuring violence.
"There are exasperated black movements that no longer preach nonviolent resistance,” Gaggi wrote, noting the Minnesota governor’s warning that "anarchist and white supremacy groups are trying to fuel the chaos.''
Demonstrators shout slogans as they march in the road outside the US embassy in London. AFP
In countries with authoritarian governments, state-controlled media have been highlighting the chaos and violence of the US demonstrations, in part to undermine American officials’ criticism of their own nations.
In China, the protests are being viewed through the prism of US government criticism of China's crackdown on anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-owned Global Times newspaper, tweeted that US officials can now see protests out their own windows: "I want to ask Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Pompeo: Should Beijing support protests in the US, like you glorified rioters in Hong Kong?”
Hua Chunying, a Chinese Foreign ministry spokeswoman, pointed out America's racial unrest by tweeting "I can't breathe,” which Floyd said before his death.
In Iran, which has violently put down nationwide demonstrations by killing hundreds, arresting thousands and disrupting internet access to the outside world, state television has repeatedly aired images of the US unrest. One TV anchor discussed "a horrible scene from New York, where police attacked protesters.”
Over the weekend, Lebanese anti-government protesters flooded social media with tweets sympathetic to US protesters, using the hashtag #Americarevolts. That's a play on the slogan for Lebanon’s protest movement - Lebanon revolts — which erupted on Oct. 17 last year. Within 24 hours, the hashtag #Americanrevolts became the No. 1 trending tag in Lebanon.
The arrest and handcuffing of a black CNN journalist by police in Minneapolis — even as he was reporting live on camera following the death of George Floyd — may have drawn the widest coverage.
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Protesters waved witty and sometimes rude placards at a what organizers called a "Carnival of Resistance" in Trafalgar Square while Prime Minister Theresa May was in talks with the president a short distance away in Downing Street.
A resolution tabled Wednesday called for the national assembly to debate whether to expel the French envoy, for the assembly to condemn Western blasphemy, for Muslim nations to unite on the issue, and for authorities to provide space in cities for future protests.
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