The television channels MTV, Spike & Comedy Central go black for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 20:00. They do this "as a tribute to everyone who has to deal with racism and inequality worldwide".

It was decided to go black for 8 minutes and 46 seconds because that is the time when George Floyd was killed last Monday in a heavy-handed arrest.

The unarmed African American man was killed by an agent on his arrest last week. The outrage at the long-standing police brutality against African-Americans in the US also lives in Europe.

In a press release, ViacomCBS Networks International said "to support our colleagues, partners, fans and audiences from different communities to drive change in the fight against injustice and discrimination."

"We believe it is our responsibility to use our platforms to amplify voices and messages that need to be heard. And to stand together as a unified, global community to change the systemic racism and injustice affecting communities of color and all those who are marginalized in our society, "said the broadcaster.