“Black lives matter, indigenous lives matter, Muslim lives matter” is the ethos embraced by thousands taking part in protests across New Zealand.
Gatherings of more than 100 people are still banned but thousands of people have shown an interest each of in the New Zealand events. Organisers are also encouraging attendees to use masks, gloves and hand sanitiser, maintain social distancing and register their attendance.
Police are conspicuous by their absence at Monday’s Auckland event but organiser Pharaoh Swami reminded the crowd it was a peaceful, passive event.
But New Zealand events were peaceful, despite several thousand people gathering in Auckland, and hundreds more in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
Among the speakers was Josephine Varghese, a PhD student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at University of Canterbury.
She told the crowd that as well as being a memorial for George Floyd, the event was a protest against the dehumanisation of colonised people everywhere.
“We demand racial and economic justice,” she said. “Black lives matter, indigenous lives matter, Muslim lives matter.”
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