No Justice, No Peace

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No Justice, No Peace

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FROM HASHTAG TO GALVANISED GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENT

Seven years ago, after the killer of an unarmed, black teenager was acquitted, #BlackLivesMatter emerged. What began as a uniting hashtag has transformed, in 2020, into a global protest movement.

This emotional and powerful report delves into the lives and experiences of the people that are galvanising the rage and grief triggered by the death of George Floyd. Pictures of a white Minneapolis police officer killing the unarmed black man provoked an immediate and furious response. Angry protests demanding an end to entrenched racism erupted in scores of cities across America and now the world – spurred on by the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” have become a rallying cry. On display for the world to watch has been the often-violent police response that is openly supported by President Trump. Not all police representatives are siding with Trump’s chastising of protestors. The Houston Police Chief publicly pushed back at Trump, telling him to shut his mouth and stop putting men and women in their early 20s at risk.

The temperature of the United States is still high after an extraordinary fortnight of protests but there seems to be a small glimmer of hope. An understanding by many marching is that this is the first step to breaking down age-old racism. But when the smoke clears, that’s when the real work begins. This compelling documentary delves into how a simple hashtag has transformed into a global force, pushing for justice and equality for all black people.

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation