Amber Gill, Sophie Turner And Kate And Rio Ferdinand Among Celebs At Anti-Racism Protests
As anti-racism protests continue around the world this weekend following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, celebrities have joined crowds on the streets to demand justice and an end to police brutality.
Stars including Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Amber Gill, Anthony Joshua and even Madonna marched with the thousands calling for radical reform over in the US and on English soil, in a series of peaceful protests and symbolic demonstrations.
Kate Ferdinand, 29, Rio, 41, and his three kids, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and nine-year-old Tia also took to the London streets to fight against racial injustice on Saturday (6th June), with Kate explaining on social media that it was important for them to "understand what is happening in the world and be part of the change".
She shared a picture with the kids' faces covered by emojis, as they held a sign saying: "Silence is betrayal," while she and Rio stood alongside them in coronavirus face masks.
"Such a moving & overwhelming experience for us today," she added.
"Honestly, we were cautious about going & taking the children, but we are so glad we made the decision to go, it's something we will all remember for the rest of our lives," she added.
Meanwhile, Love Island's Amber Gill, 22, also shared footage from the London march on her feed, as she walked through parliament square and prepared to hand out care packages to fellow protesters.
Each package contained water, masks, antibacterial hand gel and sweets and chocolate. How lovely of her!
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The reality star told her followers about the protests afterwards, and encouraged them to get involved.
"It feels amazing, it is so uplifting," she said.
"It is so nice to see so many happy faces, all there for change, all there for a good reason and all there with good intentions, which is really good to see."
Madonna, 61, even made it onto London's streets in crutches, too - despite having just had surgery on her hips and knee.
She was spotted in the crowds with her family, shouting: "No justice, no peace".
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In one video, shared by a fan, she's seen hugging a protestor and telling them: "I have antibodies, don't worry about that!"
"Bad*ss! On crutches!!! Black Lives Matter", someone wrote sharing a snap of the pop legend in the crowd.
While another penned: "That's Madonna a true Freedom Fighter who stands by her convictions. Great to see the children taking part. BLACK LIVES MATTER WE ARE ALL EQUAL."
Plus, boxer Anthony Joshua, 30, was slightly north of London in his hometown of Watford, where another protest was taking place.
Speaking through a microphone to a huge crowd at the event, the sports star said: "We can no longer from today onward be proud, we can no longer remain silent on the senseless unlawful killing, sly racism of another human being based only on what? Their skin colour.
Encouraging people to be peaceful while protesting, he added: "We must not use the demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting. We need to be united in non-violent demonstrations.
"Every life matters - 100 per cent I agree with that. But that does include black lives and that's why we're here today.
"George Floyd - we're all aware of his name - was the catalyst in a list that is already way, way, way too long.'"
Over seas, protests were full of famous faces, as well. Model and TV personality Alexa Chung, 36, could also be seen in a big crowd supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, as she snapped a sign which read: "F*ck cops".
As Suki Waterhouse, 28, was out amongst the crowds too, sharing a sign saying: "Racism is small d*ck energy".
Pregnant Sophie Turner, 24, and her husband Joe Jonas, 30, also showed up in solidarity, despite the heightened coronavirus risk to pregnant women.
Joe shared a picture of them at Northern California's Mammoth Lake with their friends, Greg Garbo and Paris Carney, as they peacefully protested against the senseless deaths, and police brutality in the States.
Meanwhile, Sophie shared a picture on her own feed, lying down on the floor, captioned: "No justice, no peace".
The protests begun after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he lay handcuffed on the floor.
Floyd, 46, did not resist his arrest, he was unarmed. He repeatedly called out: "I can't breathe" - but like so many Black people before him, his pleas fell on deaf ears.
In response to the crowds yesterday, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote: "Londoners of all ages, races and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to come together peacefully to say that Black Lives Matter.
"I stand with you and share your anger and pain. George Floyd's brutal killing must lead to immediate and lasting change in countries, cities, police services and institutions everywhere. We must root out racism wherever it is found."
He went on to urge people to be peaceful and mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when protesting the cause.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram: Sophie Turner/ Amber Gill/ Rio Ferdinand
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