Tens of thousands gathered in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with protesters in the United States who revolted over the death of a black man after his violent arrest, after authorities in one of the Australian regions lifted a ban on gathering imposed under the rules of social separation.
The appeals court in New South Wales allowed a rally in Sydney, where thousands participated in a march amid an intense policeman shouting “Whose life is important?” Black lives matter. ”
He also called on the Australians who were motivated by the death of American George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis after a white policeman pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes to stop the police in Australia from abusing the indigenous people.
The protests came even though the authorities had earlier called for staying home and adhering to social divergence rules to contain the spread of the Coruna virus. These rules allow only small numbers to be gathered in open spaces.
After the court ruling, the New South Wales police urged people via Twitter to “keep a safe distance between them,” and said they would be there to “facilitate” the movement of people.
More than ten thousand gathered in Brisbane, according to police estimates, and many protesters wore the indigenous flag.
Many put on their faces masks that read “I can't breathe,” the last words Floyd uttered.
In Melbourne, more than 5,000 people gathered and the organizers read out a long list of indigenous people who had died at the hands of police in Australia or while in detention.