#BlackLivesMatterMelbourne – a gallery of images

June 8, 2020

On Saturday 6 June 2020, over 30,000 people marched in Melbourne in solidarity with people all around the world calling for an end to racialised policing and the murder of people of colour in police custody.

The catalyst for the protests was the murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd was strangled when an officer kept a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The murder, and many more like it over many years, sparked the biggest civil disobedience in America in nearly 50 years. The response from Trump was to doubledown on the violence.

Australia is not immune. Our own record of Black deaths in custody is appalling. More than 430 deaths since a Royal Commission into the issue was initiated in 1991.

The turnout in Melbourne was really inspring and the government did everything in its power to stop people from attending, warning (for example) that it gathering was a breach of the #COVID-19 regulations on crowd numbers.

As you will see in the photogallery, most people were wearing masks.

There is a pandemic of racist police violence and the march in Melbourne was one small part of a global rebellion against it.

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