Italy ‘took the knee’ for George Floyd

Thousands of people protested peacefully in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Sunday (7 June) to denounce the killing of George Floyd on 25 May in Minneapolis and show solidarity with anti-racism protests in the US and elsewhere.

The protesters knelt in silence for eight minutes before screaming “George Floyd is here! No to racism”.

The rally was launched on social media by a group of organisations including the Young European Greens, Fridays for Future-Rome, Neri italiani – Black Italians (NIBI), 6,000 sardines, Extinction Rebellion Rome International, American Expats for Positive Change and Women’s March Rome.

While practising social-distancing and wearing masks, protesters held up signs with slogans such as “No justice, no peace”, “I can’t breathe”, “Defund the police”, as well as signs asking for immigrants’ rights. 

Similar protests were held in Milan, Turin, Bologna and Naples.  

(Valentina Iorio |

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