On 28 May, Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside of the American Consulate in Milan in response to the recent death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed by a police officer.
The protesters marched in the Consulate holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” “Justice for George Floyd,” and “basta uccidere persone nere” (stop killing black people). They all wore masks, on which the words “I can’t breathe”.
The protesters also performed a peaceful flashmob demonstration, in which they sat in front of the Consulate with their hands at their throats, simulating suffocation.
The protest was spurred by a widely-circulating video of Floyd’s death. In the video, Floyd is seen lying on the ground, pinned down by a policeman, Officer Derek Chauvin, who has his knee on Floyd’s neck.