George Floyd spent most of his life in Houston before moving north to Minneapolis, where he was killed by a police officer last week.
In his tragic death, he’s become a citizen of the world.
From Amsterdam to New Zealand and all 50 states, protests standing with George Floyd – most of them peaceful, and some not – that began in Minneapolis have spread across the globe. The 46-year-old has become a neighbor, friend, and family member to all, a symbol of the inequality and systemic racism that spreads far beyond Minnesota.
Here’s how the world is standing up for George Floyd.
Protests for George Floyd Around the World
In Amsterdam, protesters filled the main city square on Monday to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) June 1, 2020
Supporters gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin over the weekend to protest.
— Carl Nasman (@CarlNasman) May 30, 2020
Protesters also took to the streets in Toronto.
— Nicholas Thompson (@meetnicholas) May 30, 2020
The people of Iran held a candlelight vigil for George Floyd.
— Shirin Jaafari (@Shirinj) May 30, 2020
Dozens of protesters in Paris knelt in front of the U.S. Embassy with signs saying “I Can’t Breathe” – some of Floyd’s last words before he died with a police officer’s knee on his neck.
Dozens of protesters wearing face masks knelt in silence and held signs reading "Racism is Choking Us," "Justice for Floyd" and "I Can't Breathe" in front of the U.S. embassy in Paris in solidarity with demonstrators following the death of George Floyd. https://t.co/C3HZUdOaDs pic.twitter.com/HrI8ypziIM
— ABC News (@ABC) June 2, 2020
Even in Syria, artists stood with George Floyd with a mural in his honor.
Idlib, Syria pic.twitter.com/8UQLxHaGfL
— Bilal Abdul Kareem (@BilalKareem) June 2, 2020
Thousands of protesters have marched in Auckland, New Zealand.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 1, 2020
Meanwhile, protests have spread across the United Kingdom. Unrest bubbled up in London, Cardiff, and Manchester over the weekend.
"When one is hurt, we're all hurt, because it could have been us"
Thousands of protesters across the UK marched in support of protesters in the US, angered by the death of George Floyd https://t.co/BRmbF8V1N7
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 2, 2020
Travel makes the world a smaller place, but it’s largely on hold. Now, George Floyd is connecting the world with a common purpose.