30,000 people took to the streets to join ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in Chicago

Around 30,000 people on Saturday came out on the streets of Chicago to join ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, following the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, under police detention.

A group of protestors and political activists gathered near West Side Park before heading north on Ashland Avenue and marching through West Town. People chanted anti-racism slogans calling for justice and the end of police violence, Sputnik reported citing Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

The United States is roiled by protests following the death of the 46-year-old black man.

Hundreds of protesters took a knee near the 14th district police station with some of them chanting “silent cops are guilty, too,” CBS Chicago reported.

The demonstrations were held in a peaceful manner, media said.

The death of Floyd on May 25 has sparked a worldwide movement against police brutality, racism and social injustice, as a video showing a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck after the latter had been arrested was widely circulated online.

On June 5, Washington DC Mayor Muriel E Bowser renamed a street outside the White House as “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. She also ordered the city workers to paint “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters along 16th Street.

Asian News International