Massive protests in London after the violent death of George Floyd: "There is no peace without justice"
The brutal death of George Floyd, an African-American who ended up trampled by a police officer, did not go unnoticed both in the United States and around the world. In Minneapolis, hundreds of people protested against the racist behavior of law enforcement and dozens of protesters were arrested. And the British were outraged by what happened and took to the streets to shout their revolt.
Hundreds of British people demonstrated in London on Sunday, May 31, after an African-American citizen found his end in a barbaric way, trampled on by a law enforcement officer. The 46-year-old man was immobilized, and the policeman continued to kneel on his head and neck until the man he found guilty of using counterfeit shopping bills took his last breath on the pavement.
After his death, people in the United States manifested their opposition to the racist attitude that law enforcement often displays. The British did not remain indifferent either, and on Sunday they met in Trafalgar Square to demand justice. "Without justice there is no peace!", The crowd chanted several times.
Demonstrators knelt, a gesture that became a symbol of the fight against discrimination in the United States, where similar rallies were held daily, after which they marched to the United States Embassy in Britain.
"Obviously, the images of what happened to George Floyd were extremely disturbing, as were the scenes of riots and violence in the United States," said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Sunday. Asked on Sky News what he thinks about the issue, Raab declined to comment on a controversial tweet by Donald Trump and how he handled the crisis.
The American president, who has repeatedly denounced the "tragic" death of George Floyd, said the riots dishonored his memory by their "violence" and "vandalism". "When the robbery begins, it starts firing," he reacted in a message posted on Twitter, signaled by the social network as an "apology for violence."
George Floyd worked for his children, but he was trampled to death by police! How friends describe him
George Floyd, 46, ended up under the knees of a Minneapolis police officer after an employee of the store where the man had entered called the police, suspecting that he had paid for the products bought with counterfeit money. Law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene showed an unimaginable cruelty, and one of the policemen knocked him to the ground and got on his knees on the man's neck.
Immune to his request to release him, the policeman killed him. All of George's friends broke the silence and portrayed him as a calm, hardworking, sincere man who moved to Minneapolis to start a new life.
George Floyd was knocked to the ground and white police officer Derek Chauvin kicked him in the neck after an employee of the store where he had entered to shop called the emergency number 911. Police suspected him of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes and they acted in a shocking manner, bringing him the end of the man, portrayed as a giant with a heart of gold by all his friends.
The last moments of the man were captured by passers-by and went viral, as they illustrate the brutality with which the law enforcement officers considered it appropriate to do their duty. One of them stopped him from breathing and sat on the man's neck with his knees. Despite the fact that the policeman was begged to allow him to breathe, this did not happen, and George died in front of them.
The 46-year-old died first as a truck driver in Minnesota, then as a security guard at a restaurant, Conga Latin Bistro, before the pandemic left him with a job. His death broke the hearts of all who knew him and who had only words of praise for him. "Everyone loved my brother," Philonese Floyd said Tuesday, a day after the death, which sparked protests in several cities and called for a break with "systemic" racism in America. "He was a gentle giant," he told CNN. "He never hurt anyone."
Shocking statements! US President Donald Trump announced on Monday (June 1st) that he will send the army to the streets to stop the protests in Washington and promised to do the same in other cities if mayors and governors fail to regain control of the streets. The protests began after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed man in police custody, killed by a police officer.
"Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence is stopped," Trump said in the White House garden as protesters were scattered with tear gas.
"If a city or a state refuses to take the necessary measures to defend the lives and property of its inhabitants, then I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem in their place," Trump warned, according to news.ro.
President Donald Trump on Monday called on U.S. states to fight violent protests in cities, saying officials should "dominate" and arrest people to restore order after a sixth consecutive night of vandalism and robbery. press, reports Reuters.
Residents and business owners in cities from New York to Santa Monica, California, spent Monday cleaning broken windows and taking stock of damage following new violent clashes between protesters challenging racial inequalities and police.
Several US cities are under siege. Anti-racism protests continued on Tuesday (June 2nd), after Donald Trump threatened protesters to take the army out into the streets.
In fact, the Pentagon moved about 1,600 U.S. Army soldiers to the Washington, D.C. region after nights of protests and violence, Digi24 reports. Eight days after George Floyd's death, protests against racism and police brutality and social inequality do not seem to end too soon. People are more determined than ever to demand their rights in the streets, but President Donald Trump has told protesters he will use whatever means necessary to stop the protests. This threat provoked an even bigger wave of anger.
Thus, on Tuesday evening (June 2), thousands of people, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, peacefully defied the traffic ban in the federal capital Washington. The area around the White House has been blocked by barriers.
Also, at least 60,000 people paid their last respects to George Floyd at a peaceful rally in Houston, Texas, where he grew up and where he will be buried next week. The 45-year-old African American was killed by a white policeman. He was unarmed and in police custody when an officer kicked him in the neck for minutes while George Floyd begged for his life. The tragedy was filmed and angered the community of people of color, who have been facing police brutality for years.
In Manhattan, several thousand protesters gathered to protest peacefully near the New York police headquarters.
On Tuesday night, the situation was calm in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this wave of revolt that spread to more than a hundred American cities and resulted in thousands of arrests and several wounded among police and protesters.
The release of the policeman accused of suffocating George Floyd with his knee seems to be a long way off. An American judge set the minimum level at one million dollars to release the police officer from custody.
The 44-year-old former agent, detained in a high-security prison, appeared on Monday in a video link, in an orange detainee's outfit, on a screen, in a courtroom of a court in Minneapolis, in the northeastern United States, reports AFP.
In a neutral tone, Derek Chauvin answered questions from Judge Jeannice Reding, agreeing to lay down his arms and refrain from appearing in person.
He is charged with the asphyxiation two weeks ago of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, on whose neck he held his knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Images of the drama, filmed by a passer-by, went viral on the Internet and sparked a wave of protests around the world.
During the hearing, Judge Reding of Hennepin County set the bail amount at $ 1 million and several conditions or $ 1.25 million unconditionally if Chauvin wants to be released on parole until trial.
In her order, the judge listed the terms of a $ 1 million bail, including a ban on contacting George Floyd's family, restitution of any firearms license, a waiver of firearms, and a ban on working in the field of order maintenance.
During the protests triggered by the death of the black American George Floyd, among the target shops of the protesters' robberies was the giant Apple, from where many phones and other devices were stolen. However, it appears that the perpetrators will not be able to use any object "purchased" illegally,
The iPhones stolen by those who robbed Apple stores during the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd will not only not be able to be used, but would take the police directly to the thieves, informs BBC.
The stolen phones were deactivated by the company and are being tracked, and local authorities were notified of the theft. The company sent a message displayed on their screens, explaining all these things.
Several images with these warnings appeared on the screens of the stolen phones were later published on social networks. Apple has temporarily closed some of its stores in the US, after a series of attacks during the BLM-Black Lives Matter movement.
There has long been a suspicion that phones on display in Apple stores have software installed that allows them to be tracked even if they are stolen. This was originally created if they are lost, if the buyer can no longer find his mobile.
The photos published on social networks confirm these rumors. An image on Twitter shows a phone with the message: "Please return the product to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted. " It seems that this type of message would have appeared on all stolen electronics during this period, so thieves will not be able to enjoy their use.