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Monday, June 1, 2020

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello participate in protests in Miami

On Sunday, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello joined the ongoing protest for Black Lives Matter in Miami, Florida. 

The popular couple decided to participate in the protest along with others following the death of the African-American, George Floyd. The 46-year-old died in the streets of Minneapolis on Monday after he became the target of white police officer’s brutality. The cop pinned Floyd to the by kneeling on his neck. Though he was rendered unconscious at the time, a nearby medical center pronounced him dead on arrival. 

Shawn and Camila had been self-isolating due to the coronavirus with her family in the state of Florida. An overnight curfew had been implemented to ensure that people did not take to the streets after violent clashes had erupted between activists and policemen. Once the curfew lifted, Shawn and Camila joined the protesters in the streets.

Cabelo, 23 walked ahead of her 21-year-old boyfriend waving a placard while Mendes held a sign that read Black Lives Matter.

On 4th Street, a crowd of protesters chanted ‘Free them all’ while standing outside the Federal Detention Center. The popstar couple joined them in the hopes of getting the officials to let go of the activists that were arrested for protesting on Saturday. 

Cabello took to social media to speak out. She said that she had been trying to find the right words to write a post on Twitter but, the image of George Floyd dying kept flashing before her eyes. She expressed her condolences to the Floyd family and to the numerous black families who have faced the loss of a loved one. 

The hitmaker stated that she would stand with and support the people fighting for justice. She added that she had called General Keith Ellison, the Attorney of Minnesota, Mike Freeman who is the Hennepin County Attorney and also the Governor of Minnesota, Walz. Cabelo went on to urge people to use their numbers available on the ACLU website and sign petitions. She encouraged people to stand together for justice.

Moreover, the star declared that they needed a change and could not afford to be silent. She called on people to not be indifferent to the pain that others feel.

Mendes on the other hand, posted that he felt sick to the stomach after hearing sounds of Floyd pleading and crying for help. In his words, it was ‘bone chilling’ and broke his heart. He apologized for the injustice that keeps on occurring as a result of racism rampant in the country. 

The singer further added that being a white person, he realized that he too was a part of the problem. But, they too could not be bystanders anymore while the minority in the country suffers. He ended his post saying that this is everyone’s fight and everyone should demand change. 

Along with Mendes and Cabello, other celebrities such as Halsey, Ariana Grande, John Cusack, Paris Jackson and many other have taken part in protests across the country. Donations have also been made by various celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, Steve Carell, and Seth Rogen. 

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