George Floyd protests spread nationwide

03 Juin, 2020, 19:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • George Floyd's death Protesters defy curfews in major US cities to march against police brutality

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, is surrounded by family members as he speaks at a protest rally against his brother's death, in Houston, Texas. "Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!)", he tweeted. - US President Donald Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation on Monday after days of anti-racism protests against police brutality that have erupted into violence.

Clashes between protesters and police and looting of some stores in New York City gave way to relative quiet in the early hours of Wednesday.

The eight day of the protests has stretched past state's strict curfews, put in place to curb the protests. Midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday's protests. In a statement issued Tuesday by his office in Dallas, the former Republican president said he and wife, Laura Bush, "are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country". Police made almost 700 arrests and Mayor Bill de Blasio then extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week. "We're going to have a tough few days", he warned, pleading with community leaders to step forward and "create peace".

The numbers protesting in Washington against the death of George Floyd on Tuesday were the largest all week, but peaceful.

As National Guard troops deployed in the wake of recent protests watched, a crane lifted the 10-foot-tall (3 metre) bronze statue and workers moved it from its stand outside the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall. NY is not among them, and the mayor has said he "does not want the Guard". They were among several police officers injured nationwide: An officer in Las Vegas was shot and gravely injured, four officers were wounded by gunfire in St. Louis, and two were injured in Buffalo when they were struck by a speeding auto.

As President Donald Trump increasingly turns to militaristic rhetoric at a time of national upheaval, the USA military appears to be playing a supporting role.

On the "battle filed", governors and mayors, Republicans and Democrats alike, rejected Trump's threat to send in the military, with some saying troops would be unnecessary and others questioning whether the government has such authority and warning that such a step would be unsafe.

"Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower". Medical examiners have ruled the death a homicide.

Hundreds of protesters gathering outside the Lincoln Memorial - the site of Martin Luther King jnr's "I have a dream" speech - were met by dozens of uniformed members of the National Guard.

George Floyd's death Protesters defy curfews in major US cities to march against police brutality

The Minnesota National Guard has been armed following detection by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a "credible lethal threat" specifically against it, according to Army Major General Jon Jensen, the head of that state's Guard.

"It remains a shocking failure that many African-Americans, especially young African-American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country", the 43rd president said.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of major USA cities on Tuesday for an eighth consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, defying pleas by mayors, strict curfews and other measures meant to curtail them. A presidential move to federalize National Guard troops is rare, occurring about 12 times since the mid-1900s, mostly during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, according to the National Guard press office. It was a moment unlike any other in recent USA history, as hundreds of cities beset by the coronavirus pandemic faced a historic wave of protests.

If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before? The measures are meant to separate peaceful protesters from looters and vandals, by requiring that the peaceful protesters demonstrate in daylight and then go home.

"Last night pushed me way over the edge", said Jessica DeMaio, 40, of Washington, who attended a Floyd protest for the first time.

I don't think anything is particularly different, except maybe social media. "It is an appalling and avoidable death".

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said peaceful protests in the US following Floyd's death are "understandable and more than legitimate".

More African leaders are speaking up over the killing of Floyd.

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