Reduced Inequalities

Huge Movement for Civil Rights

Protests have been taking place all over the world.

Ground-breaking protests have been taking place across the globe following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

George Floyd, an unarmed black American citizen was killed on May 25th by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, who knelt on his neck during an arrest for almost 8 minutes. Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with murder.

The protests began on the 26th May, eventually taking place in all 50 states – mostly peaceful, but others involved looting and violent confrontations between different groups as well as police. Thousands of protestors took part in 8 minutes silence whilst kneeling to remember George Floyd.

Online campaigns to support the movement, such as #blackouttuesday, have been observed by millions, and demonstrations have since been held around the world including in many cities across the UK.  In Bristol, a statue of Edward Colston, who historically made his fortune through the slave trade in the 17th century, was pulled down by anti-racism protesters and symbolically toppled into the harbour.

The movement has been attributed to a group called Black Lives Matter, whose campaign began in 2013 and became famous for their street demonstrations.  The 2020 protests have successfully re-established an important platform and discussion about racism, privilege and prejudice, and have highlighted the importance of black history awareness.

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Posted by Claire Edwards 9 June 2020

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