The EU’s top diplomat has described the death of George Floyd as an “abuse of power”, adding his voice to growing international unease over the US killing as well as Washington’s subsequent violent crackdown against protesters.
“We here in Europe, like the people of the US, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd and I think that also societies must remain vigilant against the excess of use of force,” said Josep Borrell, the European body’s foreign policy chief.
“This is an abuse of power and this has to be denounced as we combat [it] in the States and everywhere.
This year the United Families marked the 20th year of the annual rally and protest by also holding a conference on 26 October, followed by the rally on 27 October from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street.
The conference entitled Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance, was a co-production by the Centre for Research on Race and Law, United Families & Friends Campaign, Migrant Media and 4WardEverUK.
Over 250 people attended the conference held at The Light, Friends House in Euston London. It was opened by Akala (BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, Supporter of UFFC), with a powerful statement on social justice and progression which earned him a standing ovation.
The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday [28 October 2017].
The event, which commemorates the victims of police and state violence, saw 200 people march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street. It comes after a summer which saw several men—including Rashan Charles, Edson DaCosta and Darren Cumberbatch die after contact with the police.
Every year new families join people who have been fighting for decades.