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

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.”

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)
Protesters fill Whitehall in central London for the Black Lives Matter protest. (Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Demonstrators congregate on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. (Guy Smallman/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 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.

The Place de la Concorde in front of the US embassy in Paris on Saturday. (Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters on the Champ de Mars in Paris. (Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto 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.

People protest in Times Square. (Ira L Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
Protesters in Times Square. (Ira L Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
Protesters at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York City. (Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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.

Protesters in Sydney. (James D Morgan/Getty Images)
The Sydney protests passed off peacefully. (Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
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.

Protesters kneel in Seoul. (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.

Demonstrators in Tokyo on Saturday. (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.

Protesters in downtown Toronto on Saturday. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Protesters in Toronto. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)