Skip to main content

Protests following George Floyd's death spread across the world

Despite a global pandemic, protesters number in the thousands took to the streets.
Protests in Nashville, Tn.

Protests in Nashville, Tn.

People in cities all over the world are protesting police brutality and racism following the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

Public outcry has erupted across the United States, as well as from Canada and Mexico to Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Iran and Syria, among other countries, according to media reports.

In the U.S., some protests turned destructive. For protesters in Boston, things were peaceful but turned violent as protesters threw projectiles and the National Guard was called in, tweets show. 

A similar scene played out in other cities across the country while people over the weekend protested systemic racism.

Globally, protesters took to the streets to solidarity with demonstrators in Minneapolis and the U.S. 

In London, protesters numbering in the thousands defied stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic to chant Floyd's name and "I can't breathe," the New York Times reports.

People in Dublin took to the streets chanting "I can't breathe," CNN says.

Artists in Syria crafted mural as a tribute to Floyd in the town of Binnish. 

Thousands in New Zealand protested, despite coronavirus restrictions, NPR reports.

Meanwhile, in Iran, a tribute with candles in images of Floyd honored him.

Floyd's death is catalyst for the global protests and he marks one of many black people who have died at the hands of police. 

He died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Derek Chauvin has been charged in his death, while three other officers who were at the scene have not been charged despite calls from activists to arrest them. 

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

hospital, emergency room

Driver, 15 years old, hurt when car collides with SUV

The road was wet at the time, the State Patrol said.

Tyler Wahl

Minnesotans have the Badgers back in the national spotlight

Three of Wisconsin's four leading scorers are from Minnesota.

Francisco Liriano

Liriano retires: Remembering his meteoric rise as a rookie

There was no one better than Liriano from mid-May to late-July in 2006.


Terrance Floyd, George Floyd's brother

Protests for George Floyd continue across Twin Cities

Thousands have been attending demonstrations.

aftermath 2

Photos: Aftermath of the Minneapolis protest for George Floyd

Property damage at the 3rd Precinct after chaotic protest.

protest 5

George Floyd: Protester describes chaotic scene in Minneapolis

"It went from small rocks to complete chaos and destruction."

President Donald Trump

Trump says 'it's a great day for' George Floyd in jobs numbers speech

"Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country," the president said.

George Floyd

Some aren't happy Californian musician was performing at George Floyd memorial

The musician leads the worship at California-based Bethel Church.

bob kroll

Calls for Bob Kroll to go after he sends letter about George Floyd unrest

Bob Kroll commended officers and bashed leadership in a letter to officers.