Istanbul, protest against the killing of George Floyd

Protests in Istanbul over the murder of George Floyd

Several protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the United States Consulate in Istanbul to protest racism and the murder of George Floyd.

A group of activists gathered in front of the building that houses the headquarters of the United States Consulate General in Istanbul on Sunday to protest the murder of George Floyd, whose death has sparked the largest interracial protests in the United States in half a century, and revived the debate around the discrimination that still exists in that country against the African Americans.

The protesters, carrying banners with slogans and portraits of Floyd, marched with chants to the headquarters of the US consulate, located in the Sarıyer district, outside Istanbul. Some of the posters read slogans in English and Turkish such as “Down with the United States” or the well-known “I can’t breathe“, as well as others asking for justice and punishment for the guilty.

The police took security measures to cordon off the area to avoid altercations, although the protest, in which a statement was read, went peacefully. During the event, activists left flowers in memory of Floyd in front of the police barrier and knelt in his memory.

George Floyd, 46, passed away on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after police officer Derek Chauvin -who had problems with Floyd when they had worked together years before- pressed his knee against him neck for 9 minutes, choking it to death. Floyd’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a worldwide slogan for protests against racism.