The protests and grief over the killing of George Floyd have dominated headlines in the US and around the world for over a week, and are not likely to let up at any point soon.
A huge focus today will be the first of the memorial services for Floyd. Associated Press reports that the first service will be this afternoon at North Central University in Minneapolis. Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump will speak.
Floyd’s body will then go to Raeford in North Carolina, where he was born, for a two-hour public viewing and private service for the family on Saturday.
Finally, a public viewing will be held Monday in Houston, where he was raised and lived most of his life. A 500-person service on Tuesday will take place at The Fountain of Praise church and will include addresses from Sharpton, Crump, and the Rev. Remus E. Wright.
Protests around the World
Thousands of people around the world have rallied in solidarity with anti-racism protests in the United States following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25.
Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was pinned to the ground by a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The officer, who has since been fired and charged for murder, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe”.
Protests, which began in Minneapolis, have spread to hundreds of cities across the US. National Guard troops have been deployed in at least 23 states to handle the demonstrations.
Outside the US, large protests have also erupted in many cities around the world.
North America: Large crowds have gathered in cities across Canada and in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. Protesters waved placards with the words “No justice! No peace!”, “I can’t breathe” and “Black lives matter”.
South America: Big crowds took to the streets of Brazil’s second largest city Rio de Janerio and Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.
Europe: The European Union said it was “shocked and appalled” by the death of Floyd, calling it “an abuse of power” and warned against further excessive use of force. Thousands protested across several European cities, including Berlin, London and Amsterdam, defying coronavirus bans.
Africa: Sizable protests were held in Nigeria and Kenya. The African Union issued a strongly worded statement condemning the killing of Floyd. US embassies in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe also issued statements of concern over Floyd’s death.
Middle East: Hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv, Haifa and East Jerusalem demanding “Justice for George” and “Justice for Eyad” an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man killed by Israeli police.
Asia-Pacific: Rallies were held in several cities across Australia and New Zealand.
The map and list below show the locations where sizeable protests have occurred. More protests are planned throughout the week in several cities worldwide.
The Jure will update this list as more information becomes available.