Police detained some 15 protesters in a June 12 Ankara protest condemning the brutal police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, daily BirGün reported.
The video footage of Floyd’s May 25 killing by a police officer was met with worldwide support for the Black Lives Matter cause with protests around the world, discussion of police departments’ dismantling and an examination of systemic racism not just in the United States, but around the world.
Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara echoed Floyd’s last words “Please, I can’t breathe!” that he said as he was suffocated by an officer and which have quickly become a symbol of police violence.
“Racism, sexism, virus, unemployment, poverty and capitalism. Please, we can’t breathe!” said members of People’s Houses (Halkevleri).