The killing of the afro-American George Floyd on the 25th of May 2020 in Minneapolis (Minnesota) by police-officers was the starting point for the biggest rebellion in the United States since the 1960s. In more than 75 cities protests and rebellions were the justified answer to police violence and oppression of the black people. In 40 cities the government imposed night-time curfews and several American states mobilized the national guard against the rebellion. On an international level protests followed on every continent in over 60 countries around the world, even though in a lot of countries there are still restrictions in the right of assembly. The protests were in solidarity with the rebellion in the US, but also addressed the oppression of black people and the police killings and repression in their own countries.
The justified rebellion and the huge protests around the world are an expression of the aggravation of the general crisis of capitalism. As part of the general crisis, especially the political crisis is aggravating fast at the current time, catalysed threw the corona-pandemic. The protests are justified and it is shown the there is more and more developing an revolutionary situation, where the bourgeoisie looses the control over the broad masses in whole cities and areas. It is a situation of great importance and it shows the urgend necessity of the revolutionary and communist forces, the communist party, showing the way for struggle and give an proletarian orientation in this stormy situation.
The ruling class in the US tries hardly to influence and nutralize this protests, leading it into liberal paths wich are "comfortable" for imperialism. This process is not new, but started already since the 1990s with the spread of reactionary theories of "post-modernism“. In the last years especially with diversity- and identity politics. It serves the interests of the imperialists to fragment, split and canalize the protests in a liberal way, in the US it is the democrats who try to do that, in the other countries especially the social democrats and „Green“ parties. The bourgeois parties are trying to use the protests for their own interests, to stay in power.
The proletarian and revolutionary forces around the world are struggling for the implementation of a proletarian and anti-imperialist standpoint. They are making clear, that the exploitation and oppression of the black people is not a question of diversity-politics. The oppression of black people in the US is a class-question, which was also shown with the corona-virus, because even though 13 percent of the US-American people are black, 70 percent of the corona-deaths were black people! And the oppression of black people in the United States is also a national question: national oppression by imperialism.
Mao Zedong wrote on the big uprisings in the US after the murderer of Martin Luther King 1968: "Racial discrimination in the United States is a product of the colonialist and imperialist system. The contradiction between the Black masses in the United States and the U.S. ruling circles is a class contradiction. Only by overthrowing the reactionary rule of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class and destroying the colonialist and imperialist system can the Black people in the United States win complete emancipation. The Black masses and the masses of white working people in the United States have common interests and common objectives to struggle for. Therefore, the Afro-American struggle is winning sympathy and support from increasing numbers of white working people and progessives in the United States. The struggle of the Black people in the United States is bound to merge with the American workers’ movement, and this will eventually end the criminal rule of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class."
There are also proletarian forces around the world, who mobilize, collect and organize the masses in rebellion against imperialism. They point out that it urgently needs the proletarian vanguard to lead the protests and rebellion in service of the people. They point out that the communist parties have to be reconstituted in the struggle for melting deeply with the masses, to successfully struggle against racism and imperialism. The great communist Mao Zedong said: „Everything reactionary is the same; if you do not hit it, it will not fall.“, which is an important teaching for all forces, who want to struggle against the root of racism and police-violence against the people‘s masses.
The rebellions in the US had also an great impact on the masses in Europe. The protests are carried out in many countries in a huge part from the petty-bourgeoisie, which shows the urgent need to push back the influence of the bourgeoisie in the protests, to give orientation and direction to the protests, in order to make the protests becoming a support of the worldwide struggle against imperialism.
In the following we want to show a report of the protests around the world, from the struggle of the people‘s masses and from the activities of the proletarian and revolutionary forces who already struggle to develop leadership and orientation in service of the proletariat and the people‘s masses. In view of the numerous international solidarity protests there is no claim for completeness, but we try to give an overview and an expression of the amount and quality of the protests and actions.
Protests against the murder of George Floyd.
Other cities in the United States
Dock-workers in Liverpool organize in solidarity-strike against racism and police violence
Against the symbol of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes:
Revolutionaries participated in the various cities around the country and mobilized the masses for self-defense of the people against police violence and repression. The "Young Revolutionaries" also show that the struggle against racism needs the struggle against imperialism. The demonstrations were also in remembrance of Adama Traoré, who died in custody after being restrained by police in 2016 and showed that racism and violence against the people is not only part of the US-system, but also part of the politic of the ruling classes in the other countries.
In paris there were great demonstrations and protest against racism and police brutality.
In Austria there were various protests in different cities and also in the countryside. Only in one demonstration in Vienna there were 70.000 protesters participating, showing their anger and justified protest against the politics of racism and police brutality. The revolutionary and proletarian forces pointed out the necessity of struggling against imperialism and state-racism. They also united with the Turkish and Kurdish revolutionary forces in Austria and mobilized the masses to organize the struggle against racism and repression. The protesters also remembered the widely known Nigerian Marcus Omofuma, who was killed 1999 by the Austrian police.
In Sweden there were protests in solidarity with the rebellion in the United states. Revolutionary forces participated with banner and red flags at the demonstration.
Around 50.000 protesters participated at the demonstrations in various cities in Germany. Revolutionary forces also pointed out that the imperialists like Germany until now plunder the African continent and the oppressed countries and peoples. The demand of taking back all German soldiers from Mali and Kongo was raised.
In Bristol, protesters pulled down the stature of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston, pushing it in the same waters his business operated from centuries ago.
The friends of the Antiimperialist Action Ireland have published a video in solidarity and support of the protest. They also declare their full solidarity, to stand shoulder to shoulder against racism, colonialism and imperialism.
Irish Socialist Republicans participated in the Black Lives Matter demonstration at the US Embassy in Dublin in a demonstration of solidarity with the oppressed Black Brown And Native People of North America. The antiimperialists and revolutionaries from the Antiimperialist Action Ireland also took part and had a banner which says: ‘Fight Racism- US Imperialism Out Of Shannon’. They pointed out, that there are same interests with the struggle against US-Imperialism, because US-military is using the Shannon Airport as an operation base and they pointed out that they want "to demonstrate practical solidarity with the Uprising in the USA". They declare "Anti Imperialist Action stands with the People’s Uprising against the Racist, Colonialist and Imperialist USA and will continue to campaign and take action in support of the growing resistance."
In Greece, Athens, there were clashes and fights with the police during the protests in Solidarity with the demands against racism and police violence.
In Italy were huge demonstrations in solidarity and against racism and police violence.
In Brazil there were demonstrations against racism and fascism. Also revolutionary forces participated and mobilized the masses with antiimperialist and revolutionary demands. In the beginning of June all around Brazil there were demonstrations in at least 20 capital cities for democratic rights and against the military coup, specific against the coup government of Bolsonaro. Also pictures of George Floyd were taken to that protests, to show the joint struggle against US-Imperialism. The demonstrations addressed also the murders of young people by police war operations in Brazil.
At the demonstrations was also a banner which says: "For the New Democracy", which gives perspective in the revolutionary struggle against imperialist exploitation and oppression.
In Mexico there were huge protests against the killing of a young worker by police forces. The revolutionary forces also mobilized within the protests. The people also were in solidarity with the struggle in the United States against racism and police violence against the people. There were also struggle and clashes with the police within the protests.
In Australia especially the murder and situation of the Aborigines was pointed out at the protests, which shows that racism is part of oppression and exploitation, used in the various countries in favor of the interests of the capitalists/imperialists.