People gather in Trafalgar Square in London to take part in a Black Lives Matter protest on May 31. Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images
US protesters’ anger and concern over the death of George Floyd has resonated in some countries in Europe.
Crowds gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square to protest against racism and police brutality, despite social distancing rules intended to limit the spread of coronavirus. People in England are not meant to meet with more than one person outside their household at a time until June 1.
Some demonstrators also marched to the US Embassy in the Nine Elms area of the UK capital.
London’s Metropolitan Police Service tweeted that it was aware of protesters gathering there.
“Officers are on scene and engaging with those in attendance. An appropriate policing plan is in place,” the service said.
Demonstrators wearing face masks also rallied in Germany’s capital, Berlin, carrying signs saying “Justice can’t wait” and “Black lives matter.”
Demonstrators in Denmark chanted “No justice, no peace” as they marched through the streets of Copenhagen.
Some people rallied outside the US embassy carrying placards demanding justice for Floyd and showing solidarity with US protesters.
Some context: A former police officer, Derek Chauvin, was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — but protesters and critics believe the charge isn’t harsh enough.
People participate in a protest in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on May 31. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
People demonstrate in front of the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 31. IDA GULDBAEK ARENTSEN Ida Guldbaek /Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images