Black Lives Matter: Pictures show scale of demonstrations around the world

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 07: Protesters congregate at the Hollywood and Highland intersection as demonstrations continue over the killing of George Floyd despite the dangers of the widening coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 7, 2020 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people marched to protest to racism and police violence peacefully, in keeping with the recent trend, through Hollywood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Protesters congregate in the Hollywood area of LA, California. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people marched to protest peacefully against racism and police violence. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Worldwide demonstrations took place over the weekend as hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets for Black Lives Matter rallies.

The anti-racism protests began in America following the death of George Floyd, a black man, after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck for nine minutes.

Floyd’s death has become a symbol of police brutality against black Americans. Peaceful protests began in the US before quickly spreading worldwide, but some have been marred by violence.

London, UK

Tens of thousands of people descended upon the streets of central London on Saturday and Sunday.

The rallies was mainly peaceful but some protesters defaced monuments including a statue of Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph war memorial, and on Sunday evening there were clashes between police and a small crowd of protesters throwing objects including bottles and traffic cones. Saturday evening saw police horses being attacked by rebels.

On Sunday, Boris Johnson tweeted: “People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police. These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 7: Protesters march down Vauxhall Bridge road as thousands join a second day of Black Lives Matter protest on June 7, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Protesters march down Vauxhall Bridge Road as thousands joined a second day of Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June, 2020. (Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Protesters attend the Black Lives Matter Demonstration at Whitehall in central London, United Kingdom on June 7, 2020. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Protesters fill Whitehall in central London for the Black Lives Matter protest. (Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 7: Protesters hold placards and hold their fists in the air on Nelson's Column as thousands join a second day of Black Lives Matter protest on June 7, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Demonstrators congregate on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. (Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/07: Protesters holding BLM placards during the demonstration. Protesters from the Black Lives Matter campaign demand justice for George Floyd and an end to Police violence in London, United Kingdom.  The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis has sparked violent protests across the USA. A video of the incident, taken by a bystander and posted on social media, showed Floyd's neck being pinned to the ground by police officer, Derek Chauvin, as he repeatedly said "I can breathe". Chauvin was fired along with three other officers and has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo by Rahman Hassani/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters during the demonstrations in London. (Rahman Hassani/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Berlin, Germany

At least 15,000 people gathered in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz on Saturday for a “Nein zu Rassismus” (“No to racism”) rally held in solidarity with other demonstrations around the globe. The rally provoked criticism for defying social distancing rules but passed peacefully until the evening, when police tweeted that they had been attacked with bottles and stones.

Berlin's Alexanderplatz filled with thousands of peaceful demonstrators (Reuters)
Berlin's Alexanderplatz filled with thousands of peaceful demonstrators. (Reuters)
Berlin's silent demonstration turned sour as protestors clashed with police (Twitter/@HelenaDaZeus)
Berlin's silent demonstration turned sour as protestors clashed with police. (Twitter/@HelenaDaZeus)

Paris, France

More than 20,000 people filled the streets of Paris for anti-racist protests last week, but Parisian police used tear gas against marchers when the peaceful rally descended into violence.

Further demonstrations were banned by the government, but several thousand still took to the streets on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests across the globe.

There were also demonstrations in other major French cities, including Marseille, Lyon and Lille, with many descending into violent clashes between protesters and police.

On June 6, 2020, a rally of the Black Lives Matter movement took place on the Place de la Concorde in front of the US Embassy in Paris, organized on the initiative of the Ligue de Défense Noire Africaine (LDNA) and the Anti-Negrophobia Brigade gathered a few thousand demonstrators who came with numerous placards with slogans for George Floyd, against police violence and against racism. (Photo by Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The Place de la Concorde in front of the US embassy in Paris on Saturday. (Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in a demonstration in support of the movement Black Lives Matter, in Paris, France, on June 6, 2020 (Photo by Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters on the Champ de Mars in Paris. (Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People gather on Champ de Mars in front of Eiffel Tower, in Paris on June 6, 2020, as part of 'Black Lives Matter' worldwide protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champ de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters march on the Champ de Mars on Saturday. (Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP)

New York, USA

Campaigners held a peaceful protest in New York’s Times Square on Sunday. More than 2,000 people filled the square, and many more marched along the city’s streets.

MANHATTAN, NY - JUNE 07:  Thousands of protesters wearing masks and holding signs crowd into Times Square to support Black Lives Matter.  This was part of the Black Lives Matter New York (BLMNY) protest that offered a Blueprint for change and called on New York state legislators and members of Congress to end the slaughter of Black persons by the very institutions charged with protecting them.  The Blueprint is a policy platform to reform failed statutes and regulations and to  begin reforming to a more civil and just society. This includes the I Can't Breathe Act, the Blue Wall Act, repealing of 50-A statute and includes housing and education reforms. Protesters keep taking to the streets across America and around the world after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Derek Chauvin that was kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. The protest are attempting to give a voice to the need for human rights for African American's and to stop police brutality against people of color.  Many people were wearing masks and observing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Photographed in the Manhattan Borough of New York on June 07, 2020, USA.  (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)"n"n"n
People protest in Times Square. (Ira L Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - JUNE 07:  A Caucasian protester in Times Square holds up a handmade sign that reads, "Black Lives Matter" with crowds of people around.  This was part of the Black Lives Matter New York (BLMNY) protest that offered a Blueprint for change and called on New York state legislators and members of Congress to end the slaughter of Black persons by the very institutions charged with protecting them.  The Blueprint is a policy platform to reform failed statutes and regulations and to  begin reforming to a more civil and just society. This includes the I Can't Breathe Act, the Blue Wall Act, repealing of 50-A statute and includes housing and education reforms. Protesters keep taking to the streets across America and around the world after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Derek Chauvin that was kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. The protest are attempting to give a voice to the need for human rights for African American's and to stop police brutality against people of color.  Many people were wearing masks and observing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Photographed in the Manhattan Borough of New York on June 07, 2020, USA.  (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)"n"n"n
Protesters in Times Square. (Ira L Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/07: A participant holding a sign at the protest. Thousands of protesters gathered at Mc Carren Park in Brooklyn for a massive march around Williamsburg, making a loud call for the defunding of the police force. This comes after NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio promised 'intense change' with police reform proposals amid calls to defund law enforcement, including shifting resources from NYPD and publicizing officers' disciplinary records. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York City. (Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People marching in Chicago on Saturday (EPA/Tannen Maury)
A peaceful demonstration in Chicago on Saturday. (EPA/Tannen Maury)

Sydney, Australia

A peaceful protest attended by more than 20,000 people took place in Sydney on Saturday. Police attempted to ban one demonstration through the courts and prime minister Scott Morrison pleaded for people to stay home.

Mask-clad protesters also gathered in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and smaller cities and towns across Australia, drawing attention to racial profiling, police brutality and more than 400 Indigenous people who have died in police custody since 1991.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Thousands of protestors marching in solidarity with "Black Lives Matter" down Castlereagh Street in the CBD on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The event was organised to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia as well as in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
Protesters in Sydney. (James D Morgan/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: People protest and hold up signs at rally outside Sydney Town Hall on 06 June, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. This event was organised to rally against black deaths in custody in Australia as well as a vigil for George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Dungay who died in custody at Long Bay prison in Sydney. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
The Sydney protests passed off peacefully. (Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Thousands of protestors marching in solidarity with "Black Lives Matter" down Castlereagh Street in the CBD on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The event was organised to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia as well as in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
A huge crowd in Sydney learned just as they were gathering that their rally was lawful, after having been banned by police the day before. (James D Morgan/Getty Images)

Seoul, South Korea

Several thousand protesters joined forces on the streets of Seoul to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2020/06/06: Protesters wearing protective masks kneel and hold 'May George Floyd Rest In Peace' and 'We Against Racism' placards during the demonstration. Thousands in Seoul support U.S. protests against police brutality that caused the May 25th murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Photo by Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters kneel in Seoul. (Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2020/06/06: A protester wearing a protective mask holds 'Koreans For Black Lives Matter' placard during the demonstration. Thousands in Seoul support U.S. protests against police brutality that caused the May 25th murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Photo by Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Protesters in Seoul. (Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tokyo, Japan

Hundreds joined a march on Saturday, increasing to thousands by Sunday, in protest against both the killing of George Floyd and the alleged brutal police treatment of a Kurdish man in Tokyo. The man says he was stopped while driving on 22 May, dragged from his car and shoved to the ground, leaving him with bruises. Both demonstrations were reported as peaceful.

A demonstrator wearing a mask holds an ''Antifaschistische Aktion'' flag during a protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man, in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020.   REUTERS/Issei Kato
Demonstrators in Tokyo on Saturday. (Reuters/Issei Kato)
People wearing masks hold placards during a protest march over the alleged police abuse of a Turkish man, in echoes of a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020.   REUTERS/Issei Kato
Protestors in Toyko. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Toronto, Canada

Tens of thousands of people gathered in cities across Canada over the weekend for a succession of peaceful protests. Prime minister Justin Trudeau joined a march in the capital, Ottowa, and many more marched peacefully through streets as part of the worldwide event.

TORONTO, ON- JUNE 6  - A peaceful marches for Black Lives Matter snake through the downtown between Nathan Phillips Square and Queens Park  in Toronto. June 6, 2020.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Protesters in downtown Toronto on Saturday. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JUNE 6  -  A peaceful marches for Black Lives Matter snake through the downtown between Nathan Phillips Square and Queens Park  in Toronto. June 6, 2020.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Protesters in Toronto. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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