On Saturday, outraged demonstrators from Sydney to London launched a weekend of global rallies against racism and police brutality by kneeling, beating the drums, and ignoring social distancing measures.
The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the state of Minnesota, by the police has put tens of thousands on the streets during a pandemic that is waning in Asia and Europe but is still spreading to other parts of the world.
"It is time to burn down institutional racism," a speaker shouted through a megaphone to a floating crowd of thousands outside the London Houses of Parliament.
"Silence is violence," the crowd called back in the rain.
Officials around the world have attempted to reconcile understanding of pent-up anger with warnings of the dangers of an illness that has officially killed nearly 400,000 people worldwide.
But tens of thousands of Australians opposed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call to "find a better way", and thousands in the UK ignored the Secretary of Health's warning that "the corona virus remains a real threat."
"We want justice! We want to breathe!" Hundreds sang in Tunis as demonstrations took place in US cities around the world.
United in sadness
"Are you sure of your silence?" Asked a poster of a man dropping a pink rose on a memorial in front of the President's office in Pretoria, South Africa.
In Sydney, at the start of a "Black Lives Matter" protest, the aborigines carried out a traditional smoking ceremony, which was sanctioned at the last minute after being originally banned for health reasons.
Many held up signs and wore "I can't breathe" face masks – the words Floyd repeated over and over while he was handcuffed when a policeman knelt on the back of his neck.
A sign simply read "8:46" – the time the 46-year-old was held on the ground by the white officer before his death.
"The fact that they tried to push us all back and stop the protest made people even more excited," said Jumikah Donovan, one of thousands who showed up and thought the Sydney ban was still in effect.
Floyd's death occurred during the spread of a disease that disproportionately affected blacks and ethnic minorities in global centers such as London and New York.
There has also been a historic economic downturn that has statistically affected and most marginalized the poor.
This confluence and the outrage that went with it about US President Donald Trump's partisan response has drawn attention to the world's racial segregations like no other event since the 1960s.
The US embassy in London took a more conciliatory tone than Trump's, saying it was "united in grief with the British public."
Angry and brave
In Paris, the riot police detained several thousand people who gathered outside the U.S. embassy for an unauthorized protest.
"I find it scandalous that all these injustices go unpunished," said Dior, a 21-year-old Senegalese-Ivorian student, amidst crowds of people holding up posters that say "Being black is not a crime" and "Our police are assassins".
The French rallies spread to smaller cities, while football players from Bavaria Munich were represented in Germany, who had warmed up in jerseys of the "Red Card Against Racism #BlackLivesMatter".
"White silence is violence", the singing in Berlin was absorbed by 10,000 people.
"How many more?" asked a poster that was held up in Frankfurt thousands of years ago.
In North Carolina, a long line of cars meandered down a freeway when mourners arrived for a sightseeing and memorial service in a church near Floyd's hometown.
And tens of thousands were again expected in Washington, where Mayor Muriel Bowse renamed the area outside the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza".
Faced with the tensions, several US law enforcement agencies have launched investigations into officials in which demonstrators and some reporters, including foreign ones, have been beaten, bumped, or used batons.
The protests have resonated even in war-torn countries like Iraq, where the hashtags "American Revolts" and the Arabic expression "We also want to breathe" spread on social media.
"I think what the Americans are doing is brave and they should be angry, but unrest is not the solution," said Yassin Alaa, a 20-year-old who camped in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, where protests against the government for months went on took place.