Protests have been going on in the United States for days after the death of George Floyd. He died during his arrest after a cop pressed his knee to his neck for minutes. In other countries, the Black Lives Matter protest has also sparked. Follow the latest developments here.
Obama on black youth: "You matter"
The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, focused directly on African American youth on Wednesday evening in a digital town hall meeting . "I want to let you know that you matter. Your lives matter, your dreams matter."
Obama spoke for the first time since social unrest in the United States flared up after the death of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis due to police brutality.
"As tragic as these past weeks have been, however difficult and anxious and insecure, they are also an incredible opportunity to wake people up," said Obama. "They offer us the opportunity to work together to address the underlying issues and change America so that we meet our highest ideals again."
Obama calls on all mayors in the US to consider the use of force by their police forces.
WATCH: "I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country," former President Obama says. "I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter."Avatar
2 hours ago
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in several American cities to protest racist police brutality. Virtually all Black Lives Matter demonstrations were peaceful. Now that curfew is approaching or has already started in many cities, the tension is increasing again. In New York today, 90 people have been arrested so far, a lot less than Tuesday's 280. (Photo: Pro Shots )
3 hours ago
Surreal, beautiful, peaceful scene outside the White House as a man sings “Lean On Me” and thousands and thousands of protesters raise lighted cellphones and join their voices with his.Avatar
yesterday at 11:20 PM
yesterday at 22:21
After the demonstration on the Erasmus Bridge ended, there were troubled moments in the city center of Rottedam. Peace returned again through the use of the ME, among others. https://t.co/ywr3RUcdwuAvatar
yesterday at 22:17
Peace returned to the center of Rotterdam after 'grim atmosphere'
Peace according to the police has returned to the city center of Rotterdam. Unrest arose after the termination of the anti-racism protest at the Erasmus Bridge.
According to the police, the atmosphere towards the end of the demonstration was fine, despite the premature termination. At that time, the deployment of the police was aimed at guiding the outflow of demonstrators.
However, the atmosphere in the city center became "grim". For example, some windows were smashed and patio furniture was thrown. Some officers and police vans are pelted with heavy fireworks. Partly due to the efforts of the ME, peace returned.
A man was arrested for insult during the evening. After investigation, the case was dropped against him. Another suspect is still in prison for throwing fireworks at an officer.
yesterday at 9:47 PM
Anti-racism protest Rotterdam: Crosses on bridge do not conquer the mass
After demonstrators were too close to each other at the anti-racism protest on the Dam in Amsterdam on Monday, the organization of the demonstration in Rotterdam wanted to do everything it could to protesters at a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. to keep. They failed to do so. Crosses with sidewalk chalk on the Erasmus Bridge turned out to be insufficient to keep the crowd in check. Read more here .
yesterday at 9:30 PM
'Uncontrollable' crowds at anti-racism
demonstration Rotterdam The demonstration in Rotterdam against racism and police brutality has ended. The many demonstrators could no longer keep a distance of 1.5 meters. View the images of the busyness that made the municipality decide to end the protest prematurely.
'Uncontrollable' crowds at anti-racism demonstration Rotterdam
yesterday at 20:55
More serious charges against Chavin, three other officers also indicted
More serious charges have been brought against former police officer Derek Chauvin, suspected of killing black American George Floyd. Senator Amy Klobuchar of the US state of Minnesota announced this. Chauvin is now being charged with manslaughter. Three other agents involved were also charged. They are charged with complicity. Read more here .
yesterday at 20:41
Steve McQueen dedicates two films to Floyd and Black Lives Matter
Two new films by Steve McQueen, which deal with racism in the UK, are dedicated by the director to the late George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
"These films are for George Floyd and all the other black people who were murdered for who they are - in the UK, the United States or anywhere else. Black lives matter, " said the Oscar winner, who previously wrote the epic 12 Years a Slave made.
yesterday at 20:41
yesterday at 20:40
Rutte: 'Death of George Floyd is unacceptable'
The death of George Floyd, an African-American who was killed by police brutality in Minneapolis last week, is unacceptable. That said Prime Minister Mark Rutte tonight during the cabinet's press conference. Rutte also addressed the protests against racism in the Netherlands. Read more here .
yesterday at 8:31 PM
Rutte on racism: 'People are also being disadvantaged in the Netherlands'
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also discussed anti-racism demonstrations in the Netherlands and the US during the press conference on corona measures on Wednesday evening.
Rutte on racism: 'People are also disadvantaged in the Netherlands'
yesterday at 20:23
"Agent who killed George Floyd is charged with murder"
The agent who killed black American George Floyd over a week ago is charged with murder. Local media report this. The three other agents involved are also expected to be charged.
Sources say former officer Derek Chauvin, recorded on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air on May 25, will now be charged with second-degree murder. Other three officers will be charged w / aiding and abetting second-degree murder. #GeorgeFloydAvatar
yesterday at 7:57 PM
Incidents in Rotterdam
city center It was restless in the center of Rotterdam after the anti-racism protest at the Erasmus Bridge ended. A window has been smashed on the Lijnbaan and demonstrators have thrown fences and patio chairs in various places.
Two arrests have been made for insulting an agent and throwing fireworks. The problems seem to be mainly caused by a small group of young people. Many protesters have returned home, as requested by the police.
yesterday at 7:36 PM
Actor #JohnBoyega delivered an impassioned speech at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in London, one of many major anti-racism demonstrations that have taken place around the world following the death of George Floyd https://t.co/gaxeUJ1coCAvatar
yesterday at 7:26 PM
Rutte: Racism also occurs in the Netherlands
Racism is not only a problem in the US. That was emphasized on Wednesday evening by Prime Minister Mark Rutte during the press conference about the corona measures. Numerous BlackLivesMatter demonstrations have taken place in the Netherlands in recent days.
"People in the Netherlands also experience that they are not judged on their future, but on their past," says Rutte. "People who are not addressed as individuals, but on the group from which they emerge. Not on their behavior, but on their faith. This affects many people in the Netherlands."
The prime minister also stated that the Netherlands has not yet had contact with the US government about the BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, after the death of black detainee George Floyd. The man was killed in Minneapolis last week by a white cop who remained on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd may have paid with a $ 20 counterfeit note. Read a timeline of the first week of protests here.
yesterday at 7:18 PM
We are deeply grateful that so many people showed their solidarity in Rotterdam. The battle continues! Until next time.✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽 #BlackLivesMatterNLAvatar
yesterday at 7:18 PM
yesterday at 6:57 PM
The police have just arrested a man at the Leuvehaven, but he was released quickly. A number of people chanted 'fuck the police', but this did not last long, according to NU.nl reporter Job van der Plicht. The rest now seems to have returned.
yesterday at 6:53 PM
The police now kindly ask the protesters if they want to go home.Avatar
yesterday at 6:47 PM
The crowd is moving to tram and metro station Leuvehaven, reports NU.nl reporter Job van der Plicht. "The atmosphere is far from grim, but there is not much movement."
yesterday at 6:39 PM
The Erasmus Bridge is largely empty. There is still a large crowd in the direction of the city center of #Rotterdam.Avatar
yesterday at 6:39 PM
yesterday at 6:23 PM
Despite clearly audible booing, the exit of the Erasmus Bridge has been initiated. The Police Mobile Unit (ME) is ready, but does not have to intervene.
yesterday at 6:15 PM
The Rotterdam triangle, consisting of Mayor Aboutaleb, the district chief of police and the public prosecutor, confirms that the demonstration has ended and asks all those present to go home.
The triangle has decided to end the #demonstration at the #Erasmus Bridge because it is too busy. The triangle appeals to everyone to go home and thanks everyone for coming. #coronavirus #samenegencoronaAvatar
yesterday at 6:15 PM
People the demonstration has stopped. Go home quietly! Pay attention to each other and each other's safety. #BlackLivesMatterNLAvatar
yesterday at 6:09 PM
The turnout appears too great to maintain the one-and-a-half measure. People are requested to leave the Erasmus Bridge calmly and orderly and to go home.
yesterday at 6:09 PM
yesterday at 6:06 PM
The anti-racism protest in Rotterdam was called off half an hour before time by the municipality. The distance of 1.5 meters was not sufficiently maintained.Avatar
yesterday at 6:03 PM
Organization must stop protest from the municipality
With just under half an hour to go, the organization must stop the protest from the municipality of Rotterdam. The reason is that it appears impossible to guarantee a distance of 1.5 meters between protesters.
yesterday at 6:01 PM
Attendees are again asked to make room from the stage. "Otherwise we cannot go on and we will not be heard." The police service makes the same appeal: "We want to finish it, go back and make room".
yesterday at 5:59 PM
It is now also called by the municipality to stop coming to the demonstration. The protest is scheduled to continue for half an hour, but there is a real chance that it will be canceled early.
Stop coming to the demonstration at the #Erasmus bridge. Let's keep 1.5 meters away together. #coronavirus #demonstration #samenegencoronaAvatar
yesterday at 17:57
‼ ️⚠️ | Due to crowds due to the demonstration, the #Erasmus bridge is closed from South to North. The trams of the @RETRotterdam no longer cross the Erasmus Bridge.Avatar
yesterday at 5:55 PM
We can't go on if there is no space! Make room.Avatar
yesterday at 5:54 PM
The police have now given the latest warning via the megaphone. The program continues in modified form, but so far the demonstration has not stopped. This will happen if people now cannot keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
yesterday at 5:52 PM
(1/2) The protest was still organized, with sufficient distance between protesters. (Photo: Pro Shots)
yesterday at 5:50 PM
(2/2) Soon after the official start, however, it became too busy in several places on the Erasmus Bridge to keep that distance. At this time, the organization is trying to get the attendees back 1.5 meters apart, otherwise the protest will be stopped. (Photo: Pro Shots)
yesterday at 5:44 PM
We really need to spread! Listen to the people with the orange vests !! If there is no space, you have to stop.Avatar
yesterday at 5:34 PM
Those present are called to account for the fact that there is no 1.5 meters between protesters. The organization calls for the protest to be stopped by the authorities if sufficient distance is not maintained quickly.
yesterday at 5:30 PM
Reporter Job van der Plicht also sees that it is increasingly difficult to keep a sufficient distance.
Further on the Erasmus Bridge, the mutual distance of 1.5 meters is still well maintained. But the closer to the stage, the less the distance becomes. Standing on the crosses has also been released. Let's keep it half a meter.Avatar
yesterday at 17:26
In many places it is getting too busy to maintain the 1.5 meter. Many wear mouth masks as extra protection, but that is not the case for everyone.
Minute silence. It is important, it is so good that it happens for the third day in a row. But nothing really comes of that meter and a half. Hundreds around a stage, many face masks, but not everyone. #BlackLivesMattter # Covid_19 #rtlnieuwsAvatar
yesterday at 5:20 PM
From the air you can clearly see that it is busy, but that in most places people manage to keep 1.5 meters away. (Photo: Pro Shots)
yesterday at 17:17
(1/2) Although the number of people is still increasing, there is still enough space on the Erasmus Bridge for the time being and the demonstrators have managed to keep 1.5 meters away. (Photo: Pro Shots)
yesterday at 17:16
(2/2) Many people also wear mouth masks to be on the safe side, as was the case yesterday in The Hague. (Photo: Pro Shots)
yesterday at 5:07 PM
While the demonstration at the Erasmus Bridge has officially started, people are still flocking to it, reports reporter Job van der Plicht.
The protesters of the anti-racism protest have lined up to about half of the Erasmus Bridge. And the influx of people is still great.Avatar
yesterday at 5:06 PM
Anti-racism demonstration in Rotterdam canceled early The demonstration in Rotterdam against racism and police brutality at the Erasmus Bridge was stopped prematurely. Half an hour before the planned end time of 6.30 pm, the organization of the municipality was ordered to stop, because there is not enough distance between the demonstrators present. Read more here .
yesterday at 4:54 PM
"It is difficult to estimate, but fifteen minutes before the anti-racism demonstration starts in Rotterdam, the number of demonstrators has already risen to several hundred," says our reporter Job van der Plicht.
For the time being far from necessary, but Aboutaleb suggested to form a ribbon of demonstrators with an influx of thousands of people to the Willemsbrug across the street.Avatar
yesterday at 4:28 PM
The German association DFB will not penalize players who have expressed support for George Floyd in the last round. Several players in the Bundesliga called for justice for the American who was killed by police violence during the Pentecost weekend. Footballers are normally not allowed to express themselves politically, religiously or personally during a match. Read more.
yesterday at 3:43 PM
Protests largely peaceful Tuesday, tens of thousands of people ignore curfew
The protests spread across the United States were largely peaceful Tuesday, local media write. According to The New York Times , there were hardly any disturbances, compared to the widespread destruction and looting of the previous days. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in different cities and ignored the curfew, but major disturbances often failed to materialize.