Thousands held a peaceful protest in Amsterdam on Wednesday against racism and police violence, in solidarity with dozens of similar rallies throughout the United States in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
Organisers held the protest in the Nelson Mandela Park, in the neighbourhood of Bijlmer. Nearly 18,000 spots were marked in the venue to allow people to keep the recommended safety distance, following a similar protest in the city centre which drew many last week.
Protesters were seen taking a knee and raising their fists, while holding signs reading reading «Ignorance is violence,» «Defund the police» and «Black Lives Matter.»
Activist Jerry Afriyie addressed the crowd and had a message for the youth. «I will tell you the following thing: I am not going to say 'Go to school.' Rather than that, I'm going to tell you: 'Go for your future.' I'm not going to tell you: 'Go vote.' I'll tell you rather, whoever you are and whoever you are with, 'Stand up for your rights.'»
A protester, Pearl, deplored the systematic profiling of black people by the police.
Similar demonstrations have been held across Europe to denounce racism and police brutality, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.