21 Powerful Protest Photos That Show Global Solidarity Against Racial Injustice
Protests against racism and police brutality after George Floyd's death extend beyond the 50 U.S. states to cities and countries around the world in global solidarity.
On Monday, May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd who then died less than twenty minutes later under police custody after having a police officer press his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. Protests have since erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have spread across the United States to cities including Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Despite enacting curfews, protestors in various cities stand strong and are continuing to take to the streets, holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe.” Now, there are protests around the world and demonstrations in solidarity and global outrage against racism and police brutality. From London to Paris to Seoul to Sydney, here are 21 powerful protest photos that show global solidarity after the death of Floyd.
Protestors hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter march at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday, May 31. Here’s why you should change your phone settings before protesting.
The Hague, the Netherlands
On June 2, protestors stand together and hold signs while abiding by social distancing guidelines on the Malieveld in The Hague. If you’re looking to make a difference and help by donating money, this is how you can spot fake donation scams.
At the Brandenburg Gate, an 18th-century monument and iconic landmark, protestors marched and held up signs in global solidarity after the death of Floyd in the United States. Here are 12 protests that changed the world for workers everywhere.
In front of the United States consulate in Milan, Italy, people protest the death of Floyd with their hands around their neck and signs that said: “I can’t breathe.” Floyd said he couldn’t breathe repeatedly when pinned down under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is why you should stop saying, “I don’t see color.”
Outside of the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, protestors join a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Here are 14 charities and organizations that need your support right now.
In front of the United States embassy in Warsaw, Poland, protestors held banners in solidarity against the death of Floyd.
Outside of the U.S. consulate in Barcelona, Spain, protestors wore masks and held signs that read “Justice for George” in solidarity on June 1. If you think your voice doesn’t matter, here are 15 ordinary people who changed the world forever.
During a rally in Toronto, Canada, against police brutality, protestors hold up signs and walk together in global solidarity.
Auckland, New Zealand
In Auckland, New Zealand, about 4,000 protestors hold up signs and wear face masks in a Black Lives Matter rally on June 1, to protest racism and police brutality. If you want to help, here are 15 creative ways to volunteer and make a difference.
Outside of the United States Embassy in Paris, France, protestors hold up signs that read “We are all George Floyd” (R), and “Racism is suffocating us” (L). Here’s why Black History Month shouldn’t be a single month.
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People hold up signs in a protest against racism and police brutality and remember Nigerian Mike Ben Peter, a 40-year-old man who died under police control two years prior in Lausanne.
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In a small town in the northwestern Idlib province in Syria, Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun are hard at work on June 1, painting a mural of Floyd.
Mexico City, Mexico
Outside of the United States embassy in Mexico City on May 30, a woman crouches down during a protest to light a candle out of respect for Floyd. Learn why freedom of speech is our most important right.
Cape Town, South Africa
In front of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, protestors place posters and flowers in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
People observe signs and placards placed in public parks in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 4 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight to end racism. These are 13 human rights that still aren’t universal—but should be.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Outside of Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, people stand and protest for racial equality.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
At a demonstration where soccer fans protest against Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, during the novel coronavirus pandemic, one soccer fan holds up a sign that says, “Our brother, George Floyd” at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 31. Next, learn why desegregation didn’t put an end to racism in America.
For more on this important issue, see our guide to the Fight Against Racism.