The Black Lives Matter campaign started years ago, in 2012, but the protests intensified in July 2016. Several conflicts happened earlier in July between police officers and black people, stirring reactions all over the world.
The current Black Lives Matter protests continue for a second week in a row. Besides Minnesota and Louisiana, where the protests started, after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, other states are now experiencing demonstrations.
After the deaths of Sterling and Castile, on July 5 and 6, the Black Lives Matter protests began to break out. Both Sterling and Castile were killed by police officers. Their murders stirred reactions globally, and people from all over the world expressed their condolences under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Protests Continue in Kansas, Texas, and California
Being inspired by the same thought–Black Lives Matter, hundreds of people protested in Kansas, Texas, and California. According to “The Kansas City Star,” on July 15, dozens of people protested against the police brutality and violence. The demonstration took place at the Country Club Plaza. The protesters marched near J.C. Nichols Parkway and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Between the messages displayed by them, there were signs that read “Put Down the Guns, Raise Up the Peace.”
Also, on July 15, in Austin, Texas, hundreds of people met at the capitol for a protest under the tenet of Black Lives Matter. According to KXAN, the demonstration was peaceful as the speakers presented positive messages, powerful poetry, and music. Heavy security, including the Austin Police Department and State Troopers, was present at the capitol.
Moreover, the Black Lives Matter protests continued in Oakland, Calif., on July 15. According to NBC, the demonstration was peaceful, however, it affected traffic at several intersections. The affiliation of the Oakland protest could not be verified, but the protesters carried messages about Castile and Sterling, the two black men who were killed by police officers earlier in July.
A March in Tennessee
Beyond the protests that already took place in Kansas, Texas, and California, there were other demonstrations scheduled. For example, on July 23, a protest was scheduled in Jackson, Tennessee. According to “The Jackson Sun”, the “City-Wide Black Lives Matter/ All Lives Matter March” took place on July 23, at St. Paul CME Church.
One of the officials who organized the protest, Chastelisa McClain, declared that the march would begin with a prayer and would be a union of all races against hate. Moreover, McClain considered that people should be coming together in light of all the bad things that are happening. The march started at St. Paul CME Church and the route went through Lane College campus and ended at the Hair Depot, in downtown Jackson, Tenn.
Europe Is Not Indifferent
In solidarity with the U.S. protesters, Europeans organized demonstrations under the tenet of Black Lives Matter. As CNN stated, in the first weeks of July, hundreds of people marched in London, United Kingdom; Berlin, Germany; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
All the protests that took place in Europe were peaceful. The protesters were carrying signs with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and chanted “No justice, no peace.”
The deaths of Castile and Sterling stirred a lot of reactions all around the world. The incidents that occurred on July 5 and 6, were partially filmed and posted on the internet, so many people saw the events as they happened. More protests are expected to happen in the United States.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN: Black Lives Matter protests spread to Europe
KXAN: Black Lives Matter protest ends peacefully at Capitol
NBC Bay Area: Black Lives Matter Protesters Take to Streets Across Bay Area
The Jackson Sun: Black Lives Matter march in Jackson
The Kansas City Star: Black Lives Matter demonstration at Country Club Plaza protests violence and police brutality
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