Last Updated on February 17, 2022
As the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd go international following weeks of rioting throughout major cities in the United States, massive protests took place overseas with pockets of violence in London.
Scenes of violence towards police and some civilians emerged as thousands of people took to the streets to protest the in-custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In the below footage, a group of young men clean “ACAB” graffiti, short for all cops are b******s, off the base of a statue when they are confronted by a young woman who berates them for cleaning up the mess left behind.
“You couldn’t even wait a day–not one day–because of their precious memorial,” she says.
“Excuse me, when I saw you earlier, you picked up a [BLM] sign; you picked up signs and put them in bin bags.
She continued, “Why did you pick them up? I don’t understand.”
Another woman, filming the group volunteering for clean-up, pipes up and says: “Imma get their faces in, everybody say ‘cheese’.”
You're a bad person for not wanting your city to be a mess…https://t.co/Z4flACLDcs
— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) June 4, 2020
Social media was not best impressed by the young woman’s complaint, with some comparing her to the recent Karen meme–which has been added to Wikipedia and the online Dictionary.
The Karen meme was at the center of a huge Twitter firestorm at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. It was declared a “slur” by certain groups.
“When these Karen’s show up angry at the removal of graffiti offer to replace it for free on the front door of their homes,” one person tweeted.
A second person commented, “A mess ? ACAB doesn’t even mean they support black people. It’s just plain hateful against the cops. I’d like to see how these women would survive in a world without cops.”
“If people haven’t worked it out by now, the good guys are the ones cleaning up the graffiti, the bad guys are the ones harassing the people cleaning up the graffiti. It isn’t complicated,” remarked a third.
Waves of protests, despite losing energy, are expected in parts as dozens of American cities impose curfews to curtail the chaos.London Teens Berated For Cleaning BLM Graffiti