As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death

Aucklanders took part in a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday afternoon in response to US man George Floyd's death.

Protesters walked from Aotea Square to the United States Consulate General on Customs St East. 

The march was in response to Floyd's death, who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt in his neck for nine minutes.

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4:50pm - The march has come to an end. People are still outside the US Consulate General on Customs St East in Auckland. Some were seen hugging each other as the protest finished.

4:42pm - A haka is being performed outside the US Consulate General.

Two of the people who participated in the haka.
Two of the people who participated in the haka. Photo credit: Newshub

4:39pm - "It doesn't stop here. Every single day we must check racists, every single day we must silence racists. Every single day. I don't give a f**k if it's your mum... when we see racism, we f***ing stand up," he says.

4:35pm - "I've got a headache, my throat hurts, but this ain't nothing compared to the pain that out brothers and sisters are going through globally," an organiser says to the crowd.

4:33pm - Auckland marchers have arrived at the United States Consulate General, however it is closed today. But "it's symbolic" they're there, an organiser told Newshub.

4:31pm - Tauranga protesters are enduring pouring rain to participate in their march.

4:28pm - Protesters have swarmed Auckland's Queen St. "Are we next?" is being chanted in the crowd.

4:23pm - Marches are happening throughout the country. In Tauranga, protesters are currently walking down The Strand.

A Tauranga protester.
A Tauranga protester. Photo credit: Supplied

4:20pm - Messages on signs protesters are holding include "I can't breathe", which is what Floyd said while he was pinned down by the police officer.

As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death
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As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death
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4:15pm - Protesters are slowly starting to walk down Queen St. Chants of "Black lives matter" can be heard throughout the crowd.

4:10pm - The crowd is being reminded to respect physical distancing as they begin to march to the American Embassy.

3:58pm - He is also calling on the Prime Minister to condem Floyd's death.

"You must call for the arrest of the three officers that were involved in that murder... The silence has been deafening."

3:56pm - Mazbou Q, another organiser, is speaking about appropriation of Black American culture, saying people sit in a nation of colonised wealth but take from the cultures they've oppressed.

"We use Black culture, we take from Black culture, and it's about time we give back. Because if we don't give back, this is the message that we are relaying: in New Zealand, we love Black culture, but we are content with Black suffering," he says.

Mazbou Q addressing the crowd.
Mazbou Q addressing the crowd. Photo credit: Newshub

3:49pm - "Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand Government, we urge you to publicly condemn what is happened and is continuing to happen in America. Further, we urge you to roll back the Armed Response Teams so that we do not endanger the lives of the most vulnerable," she says.

3:44pm - "Racism looks like Māori people having to occupy Ihumātao for weeks on end, and hearing the deafening silence and witnessing the inaction from our Government and leaders," the organiser says.

3:41pm - Another organiser is speaking to the crowd. She says the world is seeing another case of "state-sanctioned murder of a Black man".

"A lot of people say the system is broken but it’s actually working just as it was designed to."

3:38pm - The crowd is holding a one minute silence for George Floyd.

3:34pm - Parris Goebel - who called for people to join the Black Lives Matter march on Sunday - is livestreaming the protest from her Instagram.

3:28pm - The crowd is now practicing chants, including "Black lives matter" and "no justice, no peace".

As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death
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3:24pm - Protest organisers have started addressing the crowd.

"We want to reiterate this is a peaceful, passive and respectful protest. We are not here for any bullshit."

3:15pm - Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Aotea Square ahead of the 3:30pm start.

As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death
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3:10pm - Organisers held a question and answer session with the media before the protest began.

As it happened: Auckland Black Lives Matter protest in response to George Floyd's death
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