George Floyd: Protesters defy heavy Lagos rain, march in solidarity with blacks

George Floyd: Protesters defy heavy Lagos rain, march in solidarity with blacks

- A group of protesters have called for an end to black brutality in the United States of America

- The group took to the streets of Lagos under the heavy rainfall to protest the killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin

- According to the group, the killing of Floyd is another grim example of how black lives have been disregarded by the state and their affiliates

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Some group of Nigerians took the streets of Lagos to protest the killing of George Floyd, an African-American by a ‘white' cop, Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, United States of America.

Reacting to the killing of Floyd by Chauvin and the growing protests in the streets of various states of America, the Black Lives Matter Movement in Nigeria (BLMMN) defied the heavy downpour in Lagos in condemnation of racism against coloured people in the US.

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Speaking on behalf of the group, convener, Josephine Okpara said an end must be put to “white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes”.

Okpara expressed disgust at the manner blacks are being dehumanised, describing it as "uncharitable and a gross disservice to our intellectual sense of existence in the world”.

She said the killing of Floyd is another grim example of how black lives have been disregarded by the state and their affiliates.

George Floyd: Protesters defy heavy Lagos rain, march in solidarity with blacks

The group expressed total solidarity with the global community in condemnation of the indiscriminate killing of black people. Photo credit: Chris Ekechukwu
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The BLMMN expressed total solidarity with the global community in condemnation of the indiscriminate killing of black people.

"Today, the numbers are increasing daily with many George Floyds gone unnoticed. For how long can we continue to watch as many others are cut down in their prime just because of the colour of their skin?" Okpara queried.

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Okpara said that their thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that have lost their lives by the shenanigans of the US government who have failed address this menace that has indeed put black people all over the United States of America at risk.

George Floyd: Protesters defy heavy Lagos rain, march in solidarity with blacks

The protesters condemned racism against coloured people in the US. Photo credit: Chris Ekechukwu
Source: UGC

She urged President Donald Trump and everyone in government to take up the challenge of making “Black Lives Matter now and forever in the US”.

"We are in solidarity in Nigeria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that have lost their lives by the shenanigans of government in addressing this menace that has indeed put Black People all over the United States of America at risk," Opara added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Floyd was killed by Chauvin on Monday, May 25, by Chauvin after the police officer handcuffed and trapped him by pinning him down with his leg on his neck for more than eight minutes.

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Following his killing, protesters have stormed streets of the US and other countries in demand for justice for late Floyd.

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Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop.

The protests over the murder of Floyd escalated on Thursday, May 28, as protesters burnt the Minneapolis police station.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder following the massive outrage that trailed the death of Floyd.

The police officer was taken into custody on Friday, May 29, by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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