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George Floyd protests: Thousands in Berlin form human chain against racism

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Thousands of people formed a human chain through Berlin on Sunday in a message against racism, discrimination and social inequality among other causes.

Organizers of Sunday’s “Indivisible” demonstration, who planned a nine-kilometre chain from the Brandenburg Gate southeast to the Neukoelln neighbourhood, were told to require participants to wear masks. Protesters also were asked to keep well apart.

A person holds a banner reading “Racism is the worst pandemic” as participants of the so-called “Indivisible” demonstration form a human chain in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against the lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2020.
A person holds a banner reading “Racism is the worst pandemic” as participants of the so-called “Indivisible” demonstration form a human chain in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against the lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2020. Annegret Hilse / REUTERS

They were linked by coloured ribbons, forming what organizers called a “ribbon of solidarity.” People appeared to keep to the hygiene restrictions during the event, which lasted a bit over an hour.

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Police put the number of participants at about 5,000, while organizers estimated it at over 20,000. There were smaller demonstrations in other German cities.

Members of “Fridays for Future” movement, one of the participants of the so-called “Indivisible” demonstration, form a human chain in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against the lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2020.
Members of “Fridays for Future” movement, one of the participants of the so-called “Indivisible” demonstration, form a human chain in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against the lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2020. Annegret Hilse / REUTERS

Berlin recently lifted coronavirus-related limits on the number of people who can attend demonstrations, though people are still required to keep at least 1.5 metres apart in public.

Last weekend, at least 15,000 people attended an anti-racism protest, in some cases closely packed together. That prompted criticism from officials, although they expressed understanding for the cause.

It was one of many demonstrations worldwide in the aftermath of the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck.