Protests against racism and police violence continue in the United States and around the world, following the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.
Outraged at his slow agony, he sparked a climate of tension similar to that the United States has not experienced since the 1960s and the civil rights movement.
At the same time, the US president insists on provoking, either by repeating the need for the military to be called upon to deal with the protests or by taking advantage of Floyd’s death in his self-determination to reduce unemployment.
Meanwhile, Washington Mayor Muriel Bauser has officially asked US President Donald Trump to remove federal and military forces from the city.
The mayor of Washington is calling for the army to be removed
Washington Mayor Muriel Bauser has also formally asked US President Donald Trump to withdraw federal and military forces from the city, where anti-racist demonstrations have been going on for six days.
At the same time, at the initiative of Bauser, the area outside the White House was renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” while artists in the surrounding streets painted this slogan and the city’s flag.
“Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. I, therefore, call for the withdrawal of all federal and military forces sent as reinforcements, “the mayor wrote in a letter to Trump. The local police “are well equipped to handle the large demonstrations and activities arising from the first amendment” of the Constitution, which guarantees the right of citizens to demonstrate.
Bauser also denounced patrols by unknown security forces on the streets of the federal capital.
Black Lives Count
Federal forces violently evacuated Lafayette Square on Monday, using tear gas against protesters to force a president to walk to a church for a photoshoot.
The mayor also called for a collective of artists collaborating with the municipality to paint the streets north of “Black Lives Count” with huge, yellow letters forming the same slogan. The huge letters extend to many squares of 16th Street, one of the main arteries leading to the White House.
– Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (uriMurielBowser) June 5, 2020
“There has been controversy this week about who owns the road. Mayor Bauser wanted to make it clear that it was a street in the District of Columbia and to honor the protesters who were protesting peacefully on Monday night, her boss said on his personal Twitter account.
The Pentagon will withdraw its troops from Washington
The Pentagon, meanwhile, has decided to withdraw the remaining 900 troops sent to Washington to possibly take part in the riots and begin returning to their bases, a US official told Reuters.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper had made the decision and that the troops would return to North Carolina’s Fort Bragg and New York’s Fort Drum.
The soldiers were not deployed in Washington but were on alert in case they needed to intervene.
On Thursday, the Pentagon ordered about 700 troops from the 82nd Airborne Brigade to return to Fort Bragg.
The official said the decision was made to send troops to their bases because several National Guard men have already arrived in the federal capital. About 5,000 National Guardsmen are on the way to or from the city to help local law enforcement.
After Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25 and the ensuing protests – in some cities accompanied by looting and rioting – Trump took a belligerent stance. He appeared as the “president of law and order” and threatened to send the army into the streets. His stance has been sharply criticized by former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and current Pentagon chief Mark Esper has distanced himself from the White House, saying the army should not be deployed.
Trump is extremely provocative
Extremely provocative, Donald Trump, after describing the protesters as terrorists, reiterated the need for the military to be called upon to deal with the protests while trying to present the reduced unemployment rate in the United States as a triumph. He did not hesitate to take advantage of the death of George Floyd to talk about the recovery of the economy.
According to reports, the country’s unemployment rate fell to 13.3%, more than a unit less than the dramatic 14.7% in April, and Trump set himself on fire and at the same time insulted the memory of George Floyd who died of suffocation. at the time of his arrest by four police officers.
“I hope George sees us from up there and thinks that what is happening in the country is great. “It’s a big day for him, a big day for the whole world,” Trump said.
“It’s a great, great day in terms of equality,” said Trump, who has been accused by political opponents of failing to address any of the problems protesters have raised: racism, police violence and inequality.
“Equal justice under the law must mean that every American finds equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race… Hopefully #GeorgeFloyd is looking down right now & saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country… in terms of equality ” pic.twitter.com/7rNQ4EX8Gq
– Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) June 5, 2020
Trump is unrepentant
At the same time, Trump again called on the governors to call on the National Guard to disperse the protests.
He said he had asked some governors to call on the National Guard to deal with the protests caused by Floyd’s death.
“I suggest to some of these governors that they are very proud. Don’t be proud. Finish the job. You will end up doing much better in the end, call the National Guard. Call me, “said Trump.
“You have to dominate the streets. You can’t allow what’s happening to happen, “he said.
Complaints about police officers who shot a disabled person
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
He told The Washington Post that the department was reviewing the video and photos. Pictures of a homeless man in a wheelchair, bleeding from his face and allegedly injured by police, have caused outrage on the internet.
LAPD shot a homeless man in a wheelchair in the face with a “less than lethal” bullet as he happened to be on a street they were walking down.
I was even protesting.
Just sat there. pic.twitter.com/QrJQiKxWLu
– Aaron (@Meagher__) June 5, 2020
Rapid violence against a 75-year-old man in Buffalo – Police investigation
A search for a 75-year-old protester in the United States has sparked an investigation into a possible criminal charge against two police officers in Buffalo, New York, who were videotaped, a spokesman for the local prosecutor’s office said today.
“The county prosecutor’s office in Ireland is continuing to investigate the incident that was recorded on video outside the town hall on Thursday night, which resulted in the injury of a protester,” Kate Muro said in a statement sent via e-mail. .
The incident yesterday raised further questions about the behavior of police following the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked mass protests in the country.
In the video in Buffalo, shot by a WBFO local radio reporter and posted on the internet, an elderly man can be seen approaching the line where the police have lined up. One of them pushes him with a globe and another with his hand. A thud is heard and blood runs from the man’s head. The video contains harsh images
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that he had spoken to the wounded, Martin Guzino, and was pleased to confirm that he was alive. According to him, the police director should fire the police officers involved in the incident.
“You see this video and it upsets the basic sense of dignity and humanity,” Kuomo said.
“Why, why, why was this necessary? Where was the threat? ”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the incident took place after a clash between two groups of protesters who took part in a protest against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, although Guzino was seen alone as he approached police in the video.
Protests around the world
From Brazil to Iran, thousands of people protested against racism and police violence, despite the fact that many countries have called for an end to coronation.
In Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany, the number of protesters exceeded 10,000, according to Reuters, with many of the participants raising their hands and holding placards with slogans such as “Your pain is my pain, your battle it’s my battle. ”
In London, dozens of people knelt on one leg in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Thousands of people gathered in Norway to denounce racial discrimination. Demonstrations also took place in Austria and Australia.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Saturday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.