Kolkata: Members of the Left-backed Students Federation of India or SFI and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) protested on Tuesday outside the American Centre in Kolkata against the custodial killing of African-American man George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota, which has triggered a wave of protests across US cities.
Armed with placards reading "We protest racial attacks
in US", around 60 members of the CPI(M)-affiliated student and youth organisations protested outside the building in the Chowringhee area in the heart of the city, SFI state secretary Srijan Bhattacharya said
The protesters also shouted slogans against US President Donald Trump for his alleged failure to prevent such
attacks on the black population and demanded quick punishment of the policemen involved in the killing.
The demonstrators also carried placards expressing
solidarity with the thousands protesting across the US against the alleged abuse of black and other racial minorities.
The protests continued for around 30 minutes but
didn't disrupt vehicular movement, officials said.
On Monday, members of Left-wing SUCI demonstrated in
the Esplanade area of the city over the issue.
Widespread protests have engulfed at least 140 cities across the US following the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was pinned to the ground on May 25 by a white police officer as he gasped for breath and died.
As the video went viral, spontaneous protests broke
out across the US defying COVID-19 lockdown in which at least five people were killed and thousands arrested.