Black Lives Matter protesters performed the Haka in New Zealand on Thursday as part of demonstrations that spread around the world following the death of George Floyd in the United States on May 25.
The Haka is a ceremonial dance performed in Māori culture and made especially famous by the New Zealand national Rugby Union team performing it before the start of each game.
It is often seen as an intimidating traditional battle cry, but the Haka fulfills a variety of social functions in Māori culture, such as welcoming distinguished guests or recognizing great achievements, occasions or funerals.
A video of the young protesters performing the Haka during a Black Lives Matter protest has been shared online in Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND: A group of young activists perform the Haka – a traditional Māori dance – during a protest against Black Lives Matter. The Haka is a ceremonial dance performed in Māori culture for a number of different social occasions
The Haka is especially famous for the New Zealand national Rugby Union team that runs it before the start of each game, but is also performed in
For starters, three men start the dance while standing in the middle of a ring formed by the activists, holding signs with messages like ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Justice for George’.
More people are joining in quickly, and by the end of the video, a chorus of voices is singing, banging their legs and arms.
The video is another example that shows how drastic the Black Lives Matter movement has become in the ten days since Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
WARSAW, POLAND: Protesters protest with racism banners in front of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw on June 4, 2020 in solidarity with protests raging in the United States over the death of George Floyd
WARSAW, POLAND: Protesters kneel in protest holding banner against racism in front of U.S. Embassy in Warsaw on June 4, 2020
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Protesters wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus infection recite slogans while carrying banners and placards during a protest near the US Consulate in Istanbul on June 4, 2020
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: A demonstrator holds up a photo of Minneapolis police Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd, side by side with an image of an Israeli soldier kneeling on the head of a Palestinian man
DORTMUND, GERMANY: The Borussia Dortmund players kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement during a training session on June 4, 2020
A video of the arrest on May 25, in which Chauvin knelt over Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes until he died, went viral and sparked protests in the United States against police brutality, which has now spread to a number of other countries that stand in solidarity with the US or to protest their own experiences with the issue.
Chauvin and the three other police officers involved in the incident – officers Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – have all been fired and charged.
Chauvin’s charges have been raised from second-degree murder initially. The other three have all been charged with assisting and inciting murder for their involvement in Floyd’s death.
STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Several thousand gathered in front of the US Consulate General in Strasbourg under the motto ‘Black Lives matter’, ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘No justice, no peace’. People paid tribute to Georges Floyd, murdered ten days ago by Minneapolis police and Adama Traore, murdered four years ago by French police
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Demonstrators hold a banner during a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging in the United States over the death of George Floyd. These three women said ‘Black Lives Matter – Now and Always’
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Protesters hold up a banner in Vienna with messages like ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No human is illegal’
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Large crowds gathered in the capital of Austria, with a number of young protesters carrying banners. Some, in English, simply said ‘Stop racism’ and ‘There is only one race: human race’, while another read in German: ‘Fur eine welt ohne rassismus -For a world without racism’, June 4, 2020
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Another group of protesters in Vienna, who demonstrated in solidarity about the death of George Floyd. A woman is holding a sign that says, “I understand that I will never understand, but I am standing”
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: A man speaks to protesters during a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging in the United States over the death of George Floyd. The man reads a list of names of black people who have been victims of police brutality
While the vast majority of protests were peaceful demonstrations, some have become violent, witnessing clashes between the police with heavy-handed tactics against protesters, while some looting has also taken place.
This has led the United States to impose a curfew in some of its cities, as an ongoing controversy continues between the President and the country’s critics about how best to deal with the crisis, with Trump saying governors provide military aid have to accept.
In addition to New Zealand, there are currently protests from Black Lives Matter in the UK, Poland, France and Turkey. In Germany, football team Borussia Dortmund knelt in the shape of a heart during a training session in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Yesterday there were also protests in the UK, Denmark, Greece, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Italy just to name a few.
BIRMINGHAM, UK: A person is seen wearing a mask during a Black Lives Matter protest in Centenary Square in Birmingham with the words ‘My son’s lives matter’ written on it
BIRMINGHAM, UK: People gather at a protest meeting of Black Lives Matter in Centenary Square in Birmingham. A young black person sits on a man’s shoulders holding a sign that says ‘When do I change from cute to scary’