How Manchester stands in solidarity with equal rights protesters

A mural paying tribute to George Floyd has appeared in Stevenson Square as Manchester joins global protests against police violence and racism
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A mural paying tribute to George Floyd has appeared in Stevenson Square.

The mural was painted by the French street artist Akse, who has been in Manchester since the 1990’s, as the world began to mark the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pinned under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis for almost nine minutes.

Demonstrations against police violence and racism have continued in America along with violent disorder and looting, with more than 40 cities under curfew.

There were protests in cities across the UK, including Manchester.

“Manchester has always been a city that tries to unite our communities while celebrating our diversity,” said leader of Manchester city council Sir Richard Leese.

“For this reason, Manchester will always stand in solidarity with those who feel they have no other choice other than to protest and fight for a more equal place in the world.

“The ongoing protests in America may feel thousands of miles away, but they are asking for the fundamental right to live, be safe and be free. 

“These are the simple requests that we as a global community of people should have a right to expect.” 

Wythenshawe Hall was lit up last night in solidarity with those protesting for equal rights across America and around the globe.

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