Black Lives Matter Protests Go Global, From Ireland to South Africa

PHOTO: South African police officers block members of the Black Solidarity Action group to march towards the US consulate, to denounce the killing of black Americans in the United States, in Cape Town, July 13, 2016. PlayRodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images
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America’s Black Lives Matter movement has jumped continents in the wake of recent fatal police shootings of black men in the United States.

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From Europe to Africa, people around the world are marching in solidarity for America’s grassroots campaign for racial justice and against excessive use of force by police, following the officer-involved shootings of two black men last week whose final moments were captured in shocking video footage that went viral online.

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by white police officers while being held on the ground outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 5. A day later, 32-year-old Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

In Ireland, hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday for protest rallies in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

In London, people showed up for rallies in the British capital over the weekend to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.

PHOTO: Hundreds of protestors march down Park Lane, London, July 10, 2016 as part of the Black Lives Matter movement in protest of the recent shootings of black people in the United States.Retna/Photoshot
Hundreds of protestors march down Park Lane, London, July 10, 2016 as part of the Black Lives Matter movement in protest of the recent shootings of black people in the United States.

In Amsterdam, hundreds gathered at Dam Square on Sunday wearing signs on their backs that read, “Don’t shoot -- I’m Trayvon Martin,” in reference to the 2012 fatal shooting of a black teen by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter three years ago today.

In Berlin, protesters staged a "die-in" at Potsdamer Platz on Sunday and read aloud a list of the names of the black men and women killed by police in the United States.

PHOTO: Demonstrators hold a banner with the motto of the black civil rights movement Black Lives Matter to show their solidarity with African Americans in the USA, in Berlin, Germany, July 10, 2016.Wolfram Steinberg/EPA
Demonstrators hold a banner with the motto of the black civil rights movement 'Black Lives Matter' to show their solidarity with African Americans in the USA, in Berlin, Germany, July 10, 2016.

In Cape Town, South Africa, dozens of members from the Black Solidarity Action group marched on the U.S. consulate this morning to denounce the officer-involved killings of black Americans. They held signs that read “Black Lives Matter globally,” “stop killing blacks” and “black pride,” among other messages.

PHOTO: South Africans protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, July 13, 2016. Nic Bothma/EPA
South Africans protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, July 13, 2016.

PHOTO: South Africans face police as they protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, July 13, 2016.Nic Bothma/EPA
South Africans face police as they protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, July 13, 2016.

The demonstrations in Europe and Africa come after thousands have protested across the United States.

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