Arab stars Sofia Boutella, Sonia Ben Ammar join protests in US and France

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Time: 08 June, 2020

Tunisian model Sonia Ben Ammar shared images from the Paris protests on Sunday. (Instagram)

DUBAI: Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets all across the world in the past few weeks to protest the killings of African-American citizens George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police. Among the protesters was a handful of celebrities.

Franco-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella joined the demonstrations in Hollywood on Sunday, which she documented by way of her Instagram Stories.

It wasn’t her first time showing solidarity with the protesters. The “Atomic Blonde” star also joined the Los Angeles demonstrations for George Floyd on May 31.

French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar wrote to her 742,000 Instagram followers that she was “proud of my city (and all the cities) coming together peacefully and unified,” alongside a series of images from the Paris protests, which also took place on Sunday.

The 21-year-old joined demonstrators to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a Malian-French man who died in custody after being apprehended by police, in addition to the killings of Floyd, Taylor and other Black Americans.

In one of the images, Ben Ammar can be seen holding up a sign that reads “I see you, I hear you, I stand with you #BlackLivesMatter.”

Ben Ammar also made sure to document the demonstrations by way of her Instagram Stories.

Not only did demonstrators call for justice in Hollywood and Paris, but protestors have been hitting the streets in London, Berlin, Toronto and all across the US to express their frustration.

Among the handful of celebrities and influencers demanding justice for the lives lost due to police brutality in the US was Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam.

The 23-year-old catwalk star took to Instagram last week to share images from the Black Lives Matter protests that took place in Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

Other celebrities taking part in protests across the globe include pop star Ariana Grande, actors Timothée Chalamet, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, singers Kehlani and Halsey, model Emily Ratajkowski, and rappers Kanye West, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

Athletes, including NBA stars Demar Derozan and Russell Westbrook also showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, taking to the streets of Compton on Sunday to protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

This article was first published in Arab News

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