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Ireland Anti-racism protests are on the rise in Europe too

09:35  04 june  2020
09:35  04 june  2020 Source:   de.reuters.com

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London (Reuters) - After the death of the African American George Floyd in the United States, there are also increasing numbers in Europe to protests.

Tens of thousands demonstrated against racism in London, Rotterdam, Athens and Stockholm on Wednesday. There were riots on the edge.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in London alone. The event was largely peaceful. It was only in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office that there were short, small hand-to-hand battles between some protesters and police officers.

In the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, on the other hand, a protest train turned violent when the police called on the thousands of participants to go home because of violations of the corona distance rules. Small groups then broke windows and destroyed restaurant facilities, the police said.

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In the Greek capital Athens, demonstrators tried to set incendiary devices at the heavily guarded US embassy, ​​as Reuters eyewitnesses reported. The police responded with tear gas fire. She estimated the number of demonstrators to be more than 3,000. Thousands of people also gathered in the Swedish capital for an anti-racism demonstration.

"NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE"

At the rally in Hyde Park, London, demonstrators shouted "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace". Many of the participants wore protective masks and were dressed in red. Some held up posters saying, "Britain isn't innocent: less racist is still racist" or "If you're not angry, you just don't look". Some demonstrators chanted US President Donald Trump and British Premier Johnson. Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck for minutes.

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"It has built up over years, over years and years and years of white supremacy," said 30-year-old project manager Karen Koromah. "We came here with our friends to raise the alarm, make noise, and destroy structures of white supremacy." If nothing happens in Britain, there will be problems similar to those in the United States. "I don't want to burst into tears," she said of the pictures from the United States. "It makes my blood boil."

Johnson showed understanding for peaceful protests. "Of course, the life of black people counts, and I fully understand the anger, the grief that is felt not only in America, but all over the world and especially in our country." He grieved for Floyd. "And I was horrified and disgusted when I saw what happened to him." Johnson said his message to Trump and everyone in the U.S. was that racial abuse and racist violence had no place in society.

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