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World erupts in anger over black man's killing in US

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Filed on June 8, 2020 | Last updated on June 8, 2020 at 06.25 am
World erupts, anger, black man, killing, US

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Demonstrators attached ropes to the statue of Edward Colston before pulling it down to cheers and roars of approval from the crowd.

Thousands of people took to the streets of European cities on Sunday to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, with protesters in the English port of Bristol venting their anger at the country's colonial history by toppling a statue of a 17th-century slave trader.

Demonstrators attached ropes to the statue of Edward Colston before pulling it down to cheers and roars of approval from the crowd.

Images on social media showed protesters appearing to kneel on Colston's neck, recalling the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25 that has sparked worldwide protests against racism and police violence.

In London, thousands of people congregated around the US Embassy for the second day running, making clear their message wasn't just aimed at America.

"Everyone knows that this represents more than just George Floyd, more than just America, but racism all around the world," said Darcy Bourne, a London-based student.

A rally in Rome's sprawling People's Square was noisy but peaceful, with the majority of protesters wearing masks to protect against coronavirus. Participants listened to speeches and held up handmade placards saying 'Black Lives Matter' and 'It's a White Problem'.

In Spain, several thousand protesters gathered on the streets of Barcelona and at the US Embassy in Madrid. Many in Madrid carried homemade signs reading 'Black Lives Matter', 'Human rights for all' and 'Silence is pro-racist.' Protesters chanted "Police murderers!" and "No justice, no peace!"

AP


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