Anger against racism and police brutality continued on Tuesday in the United States, despite looting, clashes with the police and the martial tone of Donald Trump, determined to restore order by resorting if necessary to l ‘army.
At least 60,000 people paid homage to the deceased on Tuesday at a peaceful rally in Houston, Texas, where he grew up and is scheduled to be buried next week. “We want them to know that George did not die in vain,” said city mayor Sylvester Turner.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti posed with the police a knee on the ground, a symbol since 2016 of the denunciation of police violence against the African-American minority.
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In Washington, several thousand people, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, demonstrated until late in the evening, defying the curfew decreed by the municipality from 7:00 p.m. The surrounding area of the White House has been blocked by metal barriers, preventing any direct confrontation with the police.
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The US capital, where more than 300 protesters were arrested on Monday evening, “was the safest place on the planet last night,” Donald Trump said, assuming the president’s position on “Law and Justice”. ‘order’.
Calm reigned in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this surge of anger. “I want him to be done justice because he was good, no matter what people think, he was a good person,” George Floyd’s partner Roxie Washington said in tears. a press conference.
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In the past week, unrest has spread to more than a hundred American cities, with thousands of arrests and several deaths. Donald Trump paid tribute Tuesday night to a former police officer killed on a looting scene in St. Louis, Missouri.
In New York, where several department stores on famous 5th Avenue were looted Monday evening, the night curfew was brought forward at 8:00 p.m. and extended until Sunday.
That did not prevent several hundred demonstrators, black and white, from protesting peacefully by chanting “George Floyd, George Floyd” or even “Black Lives Matter! (“Black lives matter”), a rallying cry against police violence targeting African-Americans.
The curfew “is a tool to prevent people from demonstrating rather than arresting people who commit crimes,” said Tazhiana Gordon, a 29-year-old black nurse.
“Dominate the streets”
In a muscular speech, the American president announced Monday evening the deployment of “thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and police in Washington to put an end to “the riots” and “the looting”. And he called on the governors to “dominate the streets” while threatening to send the army “to quickly resolve the problem for them” if they did not act according to his instructions.
Just before his speech, law enforcement dispersed many protesters outside the White House with tear gas and then allowed the president to walk to an iconic church that had deteriorated the previous day. This gesture was denounced by Protestant and Catholic leaders who condemned a “morally repugnant” coup.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser protested the military’s “American streets against the Americans,” an attack resumed by many Democratic governors.
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Because the crisis, in a country already extremely divided, is taking an increasingly political turn.
Democratic presidential candidate November 3, Joe Biden, accused Donald Trump of “turning this country into a battlefield plagued by old grudges and fears” on Tuesday.
During a trip to Philadelphia, he promised to “heal the racial wounds that have plagued our country for so long.”
Former Republican President George W. Bush said it was “time for America to examine our tragic failures.”
Faced with protests, which occur in the United States where social and racial inequalities are already exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Donald Trump has remained silent so far on the responses to the evils denounced by the demonstrators.
And only briefly touched on the Americans’ “revolt” over the conditions of George Floyd’s death.
This 46-year-old man died on May 25 while repeating “I can’t breathe”, lying on the floor, handcuffed and with his neck under the knee of a police officer, whose colleagues are remained passive.
Autopsies confirmed that the death was due to pressure on his neck.
The perpetrator, Constable Derek Chauvin, was dismissed by the police, then arrested and charged with manslaughter. But the protesters and George Floyd’s family want the other three police officers who participated in the arrest also to be prosecuted.