Thousands of people marched through London on Sunday to support demonstrated across the United States in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd. Starting at Trafalgar Square and moving through the city to the U.S. Embassy, British demonstrators chanted slogans including “I can’t breathe,” and “Black Lives Matter.”
“This is our respect to people in America who are suffering right now,” Paige Adjarhore, 18, told CBS News. “We’re too far away to go there and help them, but this is us showing that we support them. We’re with you and we feel your pain,” she said.
“What people don’t understand is that when you’re black, you’re under attack,” said Kieran Blackman, 28. “We have fought for equality, and it’s not happening.”
Other European countries held protests in solidarity as well over the weekend, with demonstrators converging on the U.S. embassy in Denmark carrying signs bearing messages like, “Stop killing black people,” the Associated Press reported.
Five demonstrators were arrested, according to the police: Three for violating coronavirus lockdown rules and two for assaulting officers.
“It makes me upset because there should be justice everywhere. We’re human beings at the end of the day, and we’re just not given a fair share, fair shot, or fair crack,” one protesters, who declined to give his name, told CBS News. To the demonstrators in the United States, he said, “We stand by you. Keep it going. Keep it up. Black lives matter.”
“Racism is the real pandemic in the world,” Adjarhore said. “It’s not COVID-19, it’s racism.”
Further protests were planned for the coming week in London.