Antiracists Protests in Europe

Roman Lunkin, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences
2020 Scientific and Analytical Herald of IE RAS  
The article analyzed the phenomenon of antiracist protests or the BLM movement in Europe, which emerged in the United States in May 2020. The movement has become one of the important political factors during the coronavirus pandemic. Leading European politicians, including the leadership of the European Union, had to react to BLM's demands in one way or another. The emergence of the phenomenon of the BLM movement in Europe (in contrast to the more specific pre-election situation in the United
more » ... ion in the United States) became possible due to a special system of ideological norms of political correctness which became an instrument for protecting the rights of certain groups of society. The catalyst for the protest was the introduction (in a number of countries of repeated) quarantine and self-isolation measures in European countries. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic citizens of most countries almost completely trusted their governments. Later doubts began to arise about the rationality and legality of the measures taken to restrict the rights and freedoms of people. The general mood of citizens not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world is the desire for change and the unwillingness to return to the «previous» pre-quarantine life.
doi:10.15211/vestnikieran52020106112 fatcat:af6mp7r63veg3ftznqb6jiw63q