Black Lives Matter Italy | Rome takes a knee to say Stop to racism

Black Lives Matter Italy | Rome takes a knee to say Stop to racism


Fists raised to the sky, chanting, signs, and a lot of powerful speeches to say Stop to racism. Following-up on the protests erupted throughout the United States after the killing of George Floyd, thousands of masked people gathered in Piazza del Popolo, Rome, to say stop to racism, discrimination, exploitation and oppression, not only in the United States but also in Italy.
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9. griot mag george floyd piazza dl popolo black lives matter manifestazione ©lilia carloneWhile it is true that there are deep differences among the two countries, many speeches shed light on Italy and its internal issues: the failure of the Italian citizenship reform, institutional racism, the lack of representation of black Italians in the media industry, the labour rights of migrant workers, to name a few.

The entire square took a knee for 8:46 seconds (the same amount of time Floyd was crushed under the knee of the agent who killed him – we talked about it here), certainly one of the most touching moments of the peacful protest, between the silence and the chants repeating George Floyd’s last words ‘I can’t brathe‘, to then get up and scream ‘George Floyd is here, Stop to Racism‘ and ‘No Justice, No Peace‘, followed by ‘We are all anti-fascist’.
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