SJ8498 : George Floyd Mural, Stevenson Square

taken 1 year ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

George Floyd Mural, Stevenson Square
George Floyd Mural, Stevenson Square
The latest mural to appear on the end wall of the former public toilets in Stevenson Square is this painting of George Floyd by Manchester street artist Akse P19.

Floyd LinkExternal link was a 46-year old African-American man who was killed in Minneapolis during an arrest for allegedly using counterfeit money. A police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down in the street, begging for his life and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe". A second and third officer further restrained Floyd while a fourth prevented bystanders from intervening LinkExternal link.

Black Lives Matter” (BLM LinkExternal link ) protests in response to both Floyd's death, and more broadly to police violence against black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally LinkExternal link after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public. A peaceful rally, attended by an estimated 15000 protesters, was held at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens on 6 June (LinkExternal link BBC News).

update:
Sadly the mural was repeatedly covered by racist graffiti while it was up, with several incidents in which the painting was vandalised and Akse had to repaint it before it was eventually replaced in April 2021 (SJ8498 : Destitutus)

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Thursday, 11 June, 2020   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 13 June, 2020
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