Black Lives Matter protests takes place in Sydney

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Newstalk ZB / news.com.au,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Jun 2020, 11:53AM
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Black Lives Matter protests takes place in Sydney

Author
Newstalk ZB / news.com.au,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Jun 2020, 11:53AM

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Sydney on Tuesday as protests against police brutality reached Australia.

Protesters filed into Martin Place, in the city’s CBD, after marching from Hyde Park. The US consulate general is located on the major thoroughfare close to Circular Quay and the New South Wales parliament.

The demonstration follows days of protests in the US over the death of black man George Floyd who perished in the city of Minneapolis after a police officer held him down by placing his knee on his throat.

“Black Lives Matter” banners and the Aboriginal flag were hoisted during the march, organised by the Australian Communist Party, which was estimated to be at least 500 strong. The demonstration remained peaceful.

“I think its cool that the cops aren’t trying to kill us right now, running us over with SUVs or horses,” one man said on Channel 7.

Similar protests have also occurred in Perth and across New Zealand and a re due to be held in other cities this week.