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Protests against US police killing of George Floyd go global


Protesters rally against the United States police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on June 1, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Protesters in cities across the world have staged rallies in solidarity with tens of thousands of Americans in the United States against rampant police brutality and racial profiling, following the killing of unarmed African-American George Floyd last week.

46-year-old Floyd died on May 25 in the northern US city of Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly 10 minutes as he continually gasped, "please, I canít breathe," triggering massive rallies and clashes with police in many cities across the US.

Protests then spread to more cities in the US and across the world as the hawkish American President Donald Trump threatened protesters near the White House with the use of "the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons," reverberating memories of suppressing the uprising of blacks across the country during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

1000s chant ‘I canít breatheí at Amsterdam rally

Nearly 10,000 protesters in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam shouted "I canít breathe" as they converged on the city centerís Dam Square on Monday to express their solidarity with the protesters in the US.

Ignoring official calls for social distancing, the crowds of demonstrators also chanted "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace" and blocked traffic, though no acts of violence occurred.

New Zealand PM expresses ‘horrorí at Floydís killing

New Zealandís Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday that she had been "horrified" by the killing of Floyd while in custody of US police officers, and she welcomed peaceful protest rallies in her country in solidarity.

"I think I stand with everyone else in being horrified in what weíve seen," Ardern said during an interview with state broadcaster TVNZ.

"I donít want to stop peaceful protests... but rules are there to protect people," she added, referring to social distancing restrictions on large gatherings put in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Her remarks came after thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated peacefully on Monday.

At least four solidarity rallies were staged across the country, with massive crowds kneeling at a protest event in Auckland. Tens of thousands of people marched from Aotea Square in central Auckland to the US Embassy, carrying signs with messages such as "Be kind," "Silence is Betrayal," and "Do Better, Be Better."

Speakers called on the prime minister to denounce the killing of Floyd as a hate crime and show the same leadership as she did when a lone Australian gunman killed 51 Muslim worshipers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15, 2019. Ardern was praised globally last year for her compassionate handling of the countryís worst massacre.

Australia rally cancelled after threat of violence against protesters

In Australia, however, a demonstration planned for Tuesday afternoon in Sydney was cancelled on Monday, after people threatened to "create havoc and protest against the event," according to an organizer.

Prior to the cancellation, however, conservative Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison had called on protesters not to "import things happening in other countries here to Australia," insisting that the scenes in the US were "terribly disturbing, shocking" and "made [him] cringe."

Morrison added that Australia was "fair" and applauded police and other emergency workers.

His remarks came as many Australians pointed out on social media that there had been more than 400 indigenous deaths in police custody since the end of a 1991 royal commission.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull also weighed in, telling a Crikey video conference that Donald Trump was a "deliberately divisive leader" seeking to "exploit division" that, he emphasized, "far from making America great again, makes America weaker."

Thousands of protesters are expected to take part in similar protest rallies planned for the Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide next Saturday.

Canadaís PM, opposition leaders vow war on racism amid protests

In Canada, meanwhile, the countryís liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his rivals in the opposition pledged to combat racism at home on Monday.

The remarks by Trudeau came after thousands of people took part in a peaceful march on Saturday in Toronto to also demand answers in the death of a young Canadian black woman, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from her 24th-floor apartment balcony last week at the presence of police officers.

Vancouver and other Canadian cities also staged peaceful protest rallies over the weekend, though tensions flared after a Sunday march in Montreal when protesters smashed windows and set fires.

Trudeau addressed "young black Canadians" during his daily press briefing on Monday, saying, "I want you to know that I am listening and that your government will always stand with you. Together, we will keep taking meaningful action to fight racism and discrimination in every form."

Moreover, right-wing Andrew Scheer, who heads Canadaís largest opposition party, also spoke out against racism, as left-leaning New Democratic Party head Jagmeet Singh - the first minority leader of a Canadian political party - discussed Floydís killing in Minneapolis that sparked the protest actions.

"When you see someone that looks like you being killed like that, it makes you feel like you have no worth and no value," Singh said in a press conference.

Paris protesters censure Floyd killing at march on US Embassy

Scores of protester in the French capital of Paris also knelt in silence while holding signs in front of the American Embassy on Monday to express their solidarity with Floyd and condemn persistent police brutality targeting people of color in the US.

Most participants in the protest were dressed in black and were wearing face masks due to the coronavirus crisis in France as they carried signs reading, "Racism is choking us," "Justice for Floyd," and "I canít breathe."

"George Floyd was a victim of a racist crime, a racist murder in the United States by a policeman," said Dominique Sopo, who heads the French anti-racism group SOS Racisme.

Protest organizers issued a statement calling for widespread solidarity among anti-racist groups in France to deplore a crime that "unfortunately" was commonplace in the United States.

"We also call for the utmost firmness in France, including at the state level, where acts of racism in the police have been recently reported," the statement read.

 

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