Floyd protests spread to Europe

Thousands of protesters gather on streets of Berlin and UK to protest George Floyd death, as NY mayor's daughter arrested during protests.

Mordechai Sones ,

Riots in Los Angeles, California
Riots in Los Angeles, California

The violent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have also reached mainland Europe.

Thousands of people have taken to major European streets, including Berlin and London, to protest Floyd's death after being strangled to death by police officer Derek Chauvin.

In Berlin, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the U.S. embassy carrying signs saying "Stop killing us" as well as "Who do you call when the police are the murderer?" Part of the Berlin Wall was painted with George Floyd's likeness alongside "I can't breathe".

Some protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy building in the German capital calling "Justice for Floyd George" as well as "My skin color shouldn't be my death sentence." The protest also reached the football pitch when brown-skinned Borussia Monchengladbach player Marcus Thuram knelt in a gesture that became affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization.

Thousands of protesters also gathered in Trafalgar Square in the city center, and from there made a protest march past the British Parliament building and Prime Minister's residence on 10 Downing Street. They ended the march in front of the U.S. Embassy building carrying signs saying "I can't breathe" And "Black Lives Matter".

Demonstrations in Europe took place under heavy security by police forces to prevent clashes with counter-protesters.

Meanwhile, protests also continued in New York following Floyd's death, and one of the detainees is the mayor's daughter, Chiara de Blasio. According to New York Police Department officials, De Blasio was arrested for "illegal assembly" after demonstrating with hundreds of people on the city's streets. She was released soon after.