The nationwide George Floyd protests have inspired a range of solidarity protests around the world — and in Germany, protesters are taking the opportunity to highlight the issue of racism in their own country.
Protesters in Berlin are also demonstrating against police brutality and racism — but they’re using a different tactic by holding silent demonstrations and wearing black in tribute of Floyd.
Police asked the estimated 1,500 people present to maintain social distancing while they protest to minimize the risk of Covid-19 exposure.
Solidarity in German sports: At multiple German Bundesliga soccer matches on Saturday, players from several teams demonstrated their solidarity with with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bayern Munich, the league’s top team, wore shirts during warmups that said “Rot Gegen Rassismus (Reds Against Racism) #BLACKLIVESMATTER,” and some wore “Black Lives Matter” armbands durinig the match.
Later at the match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin, both teams knelt prior to kickoff for a moment of silence. Dortmund players wore shirts during warmups that said “No Justice, No Peace,” and other messages against racism.