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Italy Responds to Death of George Floyd

Protesters have gathered outside of the American Consulate in Milan and the US Embassy in Rome since last week in response to the death of George Floyd and many Italians have participated in the Blackout Tuesday Movement.

In Milan and Rome, Italian protesters are seen marching while holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter”, “Justice for George Floyd”, and “basta uccidere persone nere” (stop killing black people).

A flashmob was also organized where protesters got on their knees with their hands holding their throats while wearing masks that read “I can’t breathe.”

The protest against racism and police violence has also been supported by some of Italy’s biggest musicians such as Marco Mengoni and Zucchero as they have participated in Blackout Tuesday.

The idea behind the Blackout Tuesday movement was for people to go silent on social media by posting black squares with the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Other Italian celebrities that have participated in the #BlackoutTuesday movement include: Laura Pausini, Chiara Ferragni, Emma Marrone, Alessandra Amoroso, Eros Ramazzotti, Baigio Antonacci, Francesco Gabbani and Negramaro.

Please go to blacklivesmatter.com to support the movement, sign petitions, and donate.

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Main Photo by [Wanted in Rome]

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