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IN PICS: Spain protests in BLM solidarity over George Floyd death

People in Spain have joined those protesting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police office in Minneapolis, staging their own demonstrations in solidarity.

IN PICS: Spain protests in BLM solidarity over George Floyd death
People take part in a protest over the police killing of George Floyd in the USA, on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Dozens of people gathered in Barcelona and Madrid to call for “Justice for George”.


People take part in a protest over the police killing of George Floyd in the USA, on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona.Photo: AFP

Under the message #BlackLivesMatter people took to the streets in Madrid and Barcelona, wearing masks and attempting to keep two metres apart as social distancing measures require.


A protestor in a facemask with the last words heard by George Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by a police officer. Photo: AFP

 

 

 


Demonstrators observe a minute of silence at the end of a protest on June 1, 2020 in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Barcelona-based street artist TV Boy daubed a memorial for George Floyd. 

 

New peaceful protests have been called for June 7th in both Madrid and Barcelona at 11am on Sunday. Madrid's protest will take place outside the US Embassy on Calle Serrano, 75 and the Barcelona one will meet in Plaza Sant Jaume.

 

 

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Barça legend apologises for posting blackface photo

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has apologised after posting a photo on social media with two people in blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations.

Barça legend apologises for posting blackface photo

The 34-year-old superstar who currently plays at Japan’s Vissel Kobe had no intention “to upset anyone by displaying that photo,” according to a statement by his agency released on Wednesday. 

“He would like to apologise to those people who may have felt offended,” the statement said, however, the midfielder did not delete the original post from Twitter.

Iniesta’s picture on Twitter and Instagram posted on Sunday showed his family and a group of people in costumes, taking part in the Three Kings Day celebration also known as Epiphany, which is widely celebrated in Spain.

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— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019

 

It is not uncommon for Balthasar to be represented by a white man with a painted black face during the Three Kings processions that take place in towns across Spain on the eve of Epiphany, although more and more councils are taking note of the controversy and instead choose an authentic black man for the role.

This year a row broke out after an African migrant chosen to play the role in a parade in the Basque Country announced told children that it was their parents who were the real kings. 

ANALYSIS: Innocent Christmas blackface or a slippery xenophobic slope for the right in Spain?