8 powerful images from the Black Lives Matter protest in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH yesterday echoed global calls for an end to racial inequality and police brutality with its own peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 2:25 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 2:53 pm
A demonstrator outside Portsmouth Guildhall listens to a speaker as she stands in front of a poignant message.

Demonstrations like it have taken place worldwide since 46-year-old George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the USA on Monday, May 25.

Since then police officer Derek Chauvin, who kept his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds according to a criminal complaint, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Three other officers at the scene who were previously uncharged now face counts of aiding and abetting murder.

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Four-year-old Nala-Paris Mbah makes a powerful statement in front of the crowds at yesterday's protest.

To mark yesterday’s well-attended protest in Guildhall Square, we’ve compiled eight striking images from the event taken by our photographer Habibur Rahman – recognising the number of whole minutes Mr Floyd was forcefully restrained, even after tragically losing consciousness.

A sea of masked protestors unite bearing powerful messages.
Hundreds of demonstrators gather beneath the Civic Offices and the statue of Queen Victoria.
A demonstrator looks up intently as a speaker addresses the crowd on the Guildhall steps.
Black Lives Matter demonstrators gather around the statue of author and social critic Charles Dickens, who was born in Portsmouth in 1812.
Demonstrators watch on as a speaker addresses the crowd at yesterday's Black Lives Matter protest in Portsmouth.
A trio of powerful messages are held aloft the crowd, including a take on a famous line from a speech made by Martin Luther King in April, 1967.
A demonstrator outside Portsmouth Guildhall listens to a speaker as she stands in front of a poignant message.