Protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police intensified Tuesday in the United States in the face of outrage that led to President Donald Trump’s order to suppress a peaceful demonstration and his threat to mobilize the military. Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has left more than 106,000 dead in the United States, George Floyd’s death from asphyxiation eight days ago in Minneapolis when he was immobilized by a white policeman, took crowds to the streets, in the greatest mobilization in decades.
Five months after the presidential election, Trump tyed the crunch after threatening Monday to mobilize the military to impose order after protests in several cities were unrest with looting. “I’m offended by the fact that he’s willing to deploy the military,” Amore, a 16-year-old high school student mobilized on the streets of New York, where thousands of people went on a peaceful march Tuesday. The city authorities extended until June 7 the curfew in the city, a move that has not been used since World War II, following looting on Monday night.
Washington city was heavily guarded after spontaneous protests in front of the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial during the day and two helicopters flew over as police urged passers-by to meet the curfew. Trump reiterated his threat to deploy the military on Tuesday and claimed that Monday night Washington “was the safest place on earth.”
The representative, who presented himself as the president of “law and order,” also kept salvos for his rivals and criticized the management of security in New York – where Democrats rule – claiming that they ceded the “slag.” Despite incidents and criticism from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said police and the municipality “didn’t do their jobs,” the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, refused to deploy to the National Guard in estimating that the police can cope. – Police under investigation – In Houston, a city with a major black community where George Floyd spent his childhood, nearly 60,000 people marched, according to the mayor. In Minnesota, where the city of Minneapolis is located, authorities announced that they will launch an investigation into possible abuse by police over the past ten years. And in an unusual gesture, former Republican President George W. Bush launched a call on the country to examine its “tragic failures” to put an end to “systemic racism.” – “Endemic Racial Discrimination”
On social media, the hashtag “Black Out Tuesday” dyed black Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on Tuesday, while protests spread to other countries with mobilizations in Paris, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Buenos Aires, among other cities. In Paris, for example, the protest was dedicated to Adama Traoré, a black man who died in 2016 after being arrested. “What happens in the United States echoes what’s going on in France,” the sister of the deceased, Assa Traoré, told the AFP. From Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the demonstrations highlight “endemic racial discrimination” in the United States. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned “the murder of George Floyd” and expressed its regret for “violent acts recorded in the context of recent demonstrations as a reaction to police violence against African-Americans” in the United States.bur-an/lda