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08 juin 2020 | 04h33 UTC

Italy: Thousands gather in Rome for BLM protest on June 7

Italy Alerte de sécurité

Thousands gather in Rome for BLM protest on June 7; further protests likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/6/2020, 12h00 until 10/6/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Rome

Event

Thousands of protesters gathered in Rome on Sunday, June 7, in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Protesters gathered at the central Piazza del Popolo, chanting slogans and participating in an eight-minute moment of silence. Although large, the demonstration passed peacefully, with participants wearing face masks in accordance with the current social distancing measures.

Associated protests are likely to take place in the near term.

Context

George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.

Advice

Individuals in Rome are advised to monitor developments regarding future protests, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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