There have been protests all week in solidarity with Black Lives Matter around the world – and they have only gained momentum in the last two days.
In London, the protesters used the movement not only to show solidarity but also to address the problems of racial injustice in their country.
“I feel that what happened in the United States was just a spark that ignited everywhere. And (racism) is happening here, I experienced it,”
Another protester said, “When you see this happening all over the world, you feel like a part of you is dying.”
In Australia, protests this week covered almost all major cities yesterday – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and others.
Protesters here are also drawing attention to the country’s racism – in particular to the country’s local community, which has long faced discrimination, marginalization, mass imprisonment and deaths in police detention centers.
The protests come after a 17-year-old native boy was injured by a police officer in Sydney on Monday.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the Black Rally Live Matter Rally in Ottawa on Saturday. He knelt with protesters for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the time a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck.
Several attendees thanked him for being there – but not everyone was so excited about his support, with some pointing to his blackface story.
Other protests around the world took place in countries ranging from Lebanon to South Korea to South Africa.