Thailand holds Zoom protest for Black Lives Matter movement

Thai activists raise their fists while observing 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence during an online protest via Zoom against police brutality and to call for justice in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Bangkok, Thailand, June 7, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Some 300 Thais and foreigners in Thailand and elsewhere joined an online protest against racism on Sunday, adding their voices to global calls for justice for black American George Floyd who died in U.S. police custody in Minneapolis last month.

With coronavirus restrictions, protesters with ‘I Can’t Breathe’ messages on their arms and placards gathered on the video-meeting platform Zoom to emphasize the call in Thailand as they watched the video clip of Floyd’s last moments.

“I’ve lived in three continents now. I have best friends who are from the African community, who are also black Americans, and … you see a stark contrast in how they are treated,” said 28-year old Natalie Bin Narkprasert, one of the event organizers.

“Everyone has hopes, everyone has dreams, everyone bleeds red, you know,” she said. “It’s crazy that they still have this in 2020 when in 1963, that was when Martin Luther King did his freedom speech.”

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