Thousands of New Zealanders flood streets for Black Lives Matter rally in ...

Kiwis have taken to the streets in New Zealand in support of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.

Nigerian-born mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya was one of about 4,000 demonstrators who gathered in Auckland on Monday afternoon to demand justice for the death of Mr Floyd.

Protests have erupted around the world over the killing of the African-American man who was restrained, handcuffed and suffocating on the ground, by three police officers in Minneapolis, USA, as one of them, a white man, knelt on his neck as he died.  

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was vocal in the crowd in Auckland during Monday's demonstration

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was vocal in the crowd in Auckland during Monday's demonstration

The peaceful Black Lives Matter march went from Aotea Square to the US Consulate, with deafening chants of 'no justice no peace', 'I can't breathe' and 'justice for Floyd' echoing through the city streets.

The march culminated with the protesters kneeling outside the US embassy and a minute of silence in memory of the 46-year-old father-of-two.

A similar march planned for Sydney's Hyde Park on Tuesday evening was cancelled after organisers said troublemakers had threatened the safety of the event.

'We have had some people intending to wreck havoc and protest against the event,' wrote organiser Paige Roy on Facebook.

'This event was meant to be a time for Aboriginal voices to be heard, but due to uncertainty of safety for all involved, we would like to make advise a cancellation of the protest.'

More than 1,500 people had signed up to attend the march while 3,900 people had said they were interested in attending.

Originally the event was called 'BLM (Black Lives Matter) & George Floyd Peaceful Protest Sydney' before it was changed to target Australians.

'This is a PEACEFUL PROTEST for the misrepresentation of our Indigenous population in the legal system, as well as in solidarity to George Floyd,' the Facebook event read.

The protest has been replaced by a vigil to be held on Saturday in Sydney's inner west suburb of Chippendale.

Demonstrators flooded the streets with hand made signs in protest of Mr Floyd's horrible death at the hands of a white police officer

Demonstrators flooded the streets with hand made signs in protest of Mr Floyd's horrible death at the hands of a white police officer

A woman stands proud among protesters on the street in Auckland with a sign that reads 'my skin colour is not a threat'

A woman stands proud among protesters on the street in Auckland with a sign that reads 'my skin colour is not a threat'

Organisers called for demonstrators to be vigilant and practice social distancing during the protest, which became difficult as the crowd numbers swarmed into the afternoon.

Tāmaki Makaurau based rapper and organiser of the Auckland Black Lives Matter protest Mazbou Q told The NZ Herald the same levels of racism seen in the United States are prevalent in New Zealand. 

'We recognise what is going on in the United States is not just about George Floyd, but the ongoing persecution of the black community is an ongoing phenomenon,' he said.

'The same white

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