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Tens of thousands around the world protest the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in global display of solidarity

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On February 23 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year-old black man from Georgia, was murdered by two white men chasing him in their truck. They were not arrested for 74 days until a video of the brutal murder went viral.

On March 13 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old black woman, was shot eight times and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers after breaking into her apartment unannounced on a “no-knock” warrant. The officers were investigating the apartment on drug charges, but no drugs were found.

On May 25 2020, George Floyd, a 46 year-old black man from Minnesota, was murdered by a police officer who accused him of using a counterfeit $20 bill and resisting arrested. The officer continued as Floyd pleaded that he “can’t breathe.” Bystanders saw no evidence of resistance.

These horrific murders are nothing new for America, with its long history of slavery, lynchings, and police brutality. But they have fostered a unique response. Tens of thousands of people across the United States have erupted into protest for the last several days with no signs of letting down. Now, people from around the world – from London to Berlin to Paris to Copenhagen to Syria to Rio de Janeiro to Auckland – have joined them in solidarity.

See below for photos from around the world.

I urge you to join the protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and across the world. But remember, you don’t have to be on the streets to affect change or to make your voice heard. Perhaps the most important actions are those often awkward and painful conversations with your loved ones, your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors, and above all else with yourself.

You don’t have to be the hero. Just do your part. Please, just do something.

London

People hold placards as they join a Black Lives Matter march at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday, May 31.

Copenhagen

People protest during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday, May 31

Berlin

People attend a rally against racism in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday, May 31.

Paris

The scene outside the US embassy in Paris on Monday.

Milan

A flash mob gathers outside the American consulate in Milan, Italy on Thursday, May 28.

Syria

Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun stand with their mural.

Rio de Janeiro

Protesters in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Mexico City

Signs and flowers outside the US embassy in Mexico City.

Auckland

Protestors march down Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday, June 1.

Toronto

Protesters chanting slogans during a rally in Toronto on Saturday, May 30.

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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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