European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network: Roma part of #BlackLivesMatter

On 25 May 2020 George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mass protests in response to his death quickly spread across the United States and internationally in a joint mobilisation against police violence and structural racism. Across the world, people have started to take down statues of colonisers and racist figures. A global Black Lives Matter movement is surging alongside wider anti-racist movements in an attempt to restore centuries of injustice, killings and oppression of people of African descent, but also institutional and structural racism and discrimination of all ethnic and racialised minorities.

The European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and says it loud and clear: In Europe, Black and Brown Lives matter! ERGO hopes that everyone now protesting on the streets takes this into account in their political demands as well as in their own everyday lives.

Read ERGO’s statement about structural racism inside Europe, the reaction of EU institutions and its recommendations.