In Pictures: Thousands of Stockholmers protest against racism and police brutality

In Pictures: Thousands of Stockholmers protest against racism and police brutality
Protesters gathered in central Stockholm to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement which started in the US. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT
Thousands of people gathered in a central Stockholm square on Wednesday to protest racism and police brutality, many of them marching through the city after police broke up the protest due to coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Protesters initially had a permit for the event in the central Sergels Torg square between 6-8pm, but the permit was withdrawn when attendee numbers quickly surpasses 50.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

As the crowds grew, organisers asked protesters to leave the site.

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Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Many carried posters with slogans such as “Black Lives Matter”, “No Justice No Peace”, and “No Silence”.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Many protesters moved through the streets in large groups after the demonstration was broken up. Above, security guards and protesters at the T-Centralen central train station.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Later in the evening, police stopped a group of over 50 outside Stockholm's Royal Palace, but police said the atmosphere was calm.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Some of the protesters wore face masks. The current limit on public gatherings over 50 people is in place due to the risk of infection during the coronavirus outbreak.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

A protester's sign says “I can't breathe” in tribute to George Floyd, the black American man who was killed by a police officer kneeling on his neck, and other black victims of police brutality, including Eric Garner who six years ago died when put in a chokehold by a police officer.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Police speak to a protester close to Stockholm's palace and parliament buildings.Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Police have said that the protests overall took place calmly, but two arrests were made for violence, and police used pepper spray on at least one occasion.

 


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