With the tragedy of George Floyd’s death and other unjust killings of Black citizens by police in the US, and the subsequent protests in every major city, it’s surprised me to see all the protests in solidarity around the globe. Unprecedented. On every continent people are shouting at the top of their lungs to be heard – The status quo will no longer be tolerated.
In Valencia it’s no different. Now that we are in Phase 2 of deescalation, the population is letting their feeling be known and standing with those around the world, and in the US, calling for social justice and police reform #BlackLivesMatter.
Here are is a video I took from today’s protest in Colon.
The protesters where vocal but peaceful. The police were respectful of the protesters. No aggression or weapons or riot gear. The army wasn’t called in or even the national police. They peacefully performed crowd control and traffic control. At one point I bumped into a cop and he apologized, making sure I stayed on my feet.
It wasn’t a huge gathering. But it made me feel good that my adopted home town is raising it’s collective voice, too. If we stick together, we truly can change the world.