A rally against racism and demanding justice in the case of the death in the United States of African-American George Floyd takes place on Saturday afternoon in Concord square in Paris.
Earlier, the police did not allow the rally to take place at the US Embassy and cordoned off the entire block, which, in addition to diplomatic missions, is also the French interior Ministry and the residence of the President of the country – the Elysee Palace.
Unable to get to the originally planned location, people began to flock to the closed Concord square. Several hundred people are currently at the police barriers. People chant No justice – no peace (No justice – no peace) and I can’t breathe (I can’t breathe), many have brought posters with them that read “Justice for George Floyd,” “Let us breathe” and Black Lives Matter.
In Paris, several actions against racism and police violence have already taken place, in particular, on June 2; about 20 thousand people took to the streets of the city. Riots and clashes with the police accompanied the demonstrations.
A wave of protests and riots swept through US cities after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis as a result of police detention. Videos surfaced on the Internet showing police officers handcuffing Floyd, knocking him down and pushing on him three times, with one of them putting a knee on his neck. Floyd, in the video, says several times that he can’t breathe, and then goes quiet. He died in intensive care. Four police officers were fired after the riots started, one of them was charged with murder and the others with conspiracy.
Solidarity actions with demonstrators in the United States are also taking place in several European countries.