- New autopsy, Floyd asphyxiated by neck compression
- Death of George Floyd, protests outside the White House
- Minneapolis burns, Trump threatens the use of force. CNN journalist arrested live
- Floyd murder, mobilized army against protesters
- The "systemic racism" behind the clashes over George Floyd's death
- USA, Floyd: Black Lives Matter activist in Italy, "The US company is imploding"
Share02 June 2020American President, Donald Trump, has returned to attack the governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, and his brother Chris, presenter of the CNN, returning to the controversy regarding his invitation to use the National Guard to quell the violence triggered by the killing of George Floyd. "Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was left to the looters, criminals, far left, and all other forms of thugs and scum. The governor refuses to accept my offer from a dominating National Guard. New York has been torn to pieces, "the head of the White House wrote on Twitter. "At the same time, Fredo's quotations have fallen by 50%," added Trump, using a racist nickname for Chris Cuomo that refers to a Mafia character from 'The Godfather'. The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, also intervenes in the controversy: "We don't need and we don't want the National Guard."
Pelosi: "Trump must heal, not set on fire"
House dem speaker Nancy Pelosi, commenting on President Donald Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Church, said the head of the White House "has a responsibility not to heal feed the flames ". "We would like to hope that the President of the United States will follow the example of many of his other predecessors," added Pelosi.
Dem candidate in the White House, Joe Biden, urged Congress to step up to pass a police reform law. "The time has come for our nation to face systemic racism, to cope with the growing economic inequality that exists in our nation, to face the denial of this nation's promise made to so many." Joe Biden then heavily criticized the American president, Donald Trump: "His words, when the looting begins, the gunfire begins, not as a president, but as a racist police chief in Miami in the 1960s."
Trump: "Yesterday in Washington we dominated"
The American president, Donald Trump, rejoices and praises himself for rejecting the protesters outside the White House. "DC had no problems last night. Many arrests, great job done by everyone. Overwhelming force. Domain. Likewise, Minneapolis was fantastic (thanks, President Trump!)," Tweeted the head of the White House.
The president also angers the bishops
The American president, Donald Trump, has decided to go to the church of St. John, a few steps from the White House, surrounded by dozens of riot agents who a few minutes earlier had cleared the area from the demonstrators with the use of tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Arriving in front of the building of worship, he limited himself to a photo opportunity with the bible in his hand. He did not pray or visit the place that had been damaged by protesters just two days ago in protest of George Floyd's death. The choices of the head of the White House irritated the bishop of the episcopal diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde, who said she was "indignant" at "the antithetical message to the teachings of Jesus" transmitted by Trump during the visit to the church. Michael Curry, bishop at the head of the Episcopal Church, confirmed that Trump had "used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan purposes." Greg Brewer, bishop of the episcopal diocese of Central Florida, tweeted that he was "shaken by watching the protesters in Lafayette Park assaulted with tear gas and dispersed to make sure that the President of the United States could be photographed in front of the episcopal church of St John holding a Bible. It's a blasphemy in real time. "
The army is ready
Donald Trump is ready to appeal to the army to stop the protests. "I am a president of law and order," he claimed in the Rose Garden of the White House as the sound of sirens and shots of rubber bullets at the protesters scattered with tear gas echoed. "I will activate all federal and local civilian and military resources to protect law-abiding citizens," warned the tycoon, and "if a city refuses to act as it needs to defend citizens and its residents' properties, I will deploy the United States Army and quickly solve the problem for them. "
To do this, he will have to resort to the Insurrection Act, a law signed in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson which gives the President of the United States the power, in exceptional cases, to use the federal army and the National Guard for police duties. The last time he was invoked was in 1992 to quell protests in Los Angeles after the acquittal of agents who beat African American Rodney King to death. The president therefore reported that he had already ordered the mobilization of "thousands and thousands of heavily armed men, military personnel and law enforcement officers" to stop the violence in Washington DC where some protesters defied the curfew taken at 7pm: 00.
Wall Street Journal: "Trump, don't send the army"
The Wall Street Journal launched an appeal in an editorial to the US president, Donald Trump, "not to let the army intervene" in the management of the violent protests that exploded across the country after the killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. Trump, says the WSJ, "is right in saying that public order is first and foremost a duty for local governments and individual states, mayors and governors must protect the innocent if they do not want the federal government to call the army to patrol. their ways. " Getting the military to intervene, however, "would be a mistake," notes the editorial. "Right now," according to the WSJ, "the sight of troops on American roads would most likely set fire to the situation rather than calm it down. The media would say that the long-predicted day of Trump's dictatorship has arrived." US are trained to fight against a foreign enemy not against Americans, "the newspaper points out.
Floyd died of asphyxiation
The independent autopsy requested by George Floyd's family confirmed that he died instantly, asphyxiated "by compression". Officer Derek Chauvin, indicted for third-degree murder, stifled him with his knee on his neck while one of the other two policemen who kept him stuck on the ground crushed his back by compressing his lungs. The new analysis denied the official Hennepin County Medical Examiner analysis which ruled out death due to traumatic asphyxiation by strangulation, rather emphasizing pre-existing conditions and possible intoxication. The party autopsy was conducted by Dr. Allecia M. Wlson of the University of Michigan and Dr. Michael Baden of New York. George Floyd's funeral will take place at 11.00 am in Houston, Texas, where his family members live and former boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the costs.
Two people were killed during the riots in Cicero, a western suburb of Chicago, which erupted in the context of protests over the death of African American George Floyd. The local police made it known, as reported by the Chiacago Tribune, also reporting 60 arrests. The unrest began after the looting of several businesses. There were also numerous injuries, according to the police. An SUV, however, engulfed a group of riot police officers in riot gear in Buffalo, New York State, injuring two in a clash filmed in a video that is circulating on the net. One of the wounded, Erie County authorities have reported, is a Buffalo police officer while the other is a New York State police officer; both are in stable condition. The man behind the wheel of the SUV and the people on board were arrested.
Luttwak: "Trump's tough line will be rewarded by voters"
To understand the conditions in which the United States is facing today "you just have to look at the Wall Street stock exchange" where "for weeks now the main lists have been on the rise, and are growing even today ", despite the coronavirus and street protests over the death of George Floyd. The American political scientist Edward Luttwak says so. According to Luttwak, "when the president urges the police to shoot in response to the violence of the demonstrators, much of the country applauds." And the result, according to the American political scientist, is that "the voters will punish those who have not been able to defend them at this juncture and will reward the president for his firmness".
Zuckerberg does not intervene, employee criticism
The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump has created havoc in his rival Facebook, with employees protesting against the refusal of the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to sanction the incendiary posts of the US president. Some employees of the social network have put in place an abstention from virtual work to contest the choice of Zuckerberg not to intervene. At the root of the discontent in Facebook is Twitter's unprecedented stance that started reporting Trump's chirps. Two tweets ended up under the lens of social administrators: one on voting in the mail because it spread "misleading" content and the other, even partially obscured, because it "exalted violence", invoking the use of weapons against protesting protesters in the US for the killing of George Floyd.
EU: Shocked by Floyd's death, we support peaceful protests
"We are shocked by the death of George Floyd. All companies must remain vigilant against excess use of force and ensure that these incidents are dealt with quickly and effectively and with full respect for the rule of law and human rights ". Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy said during a press conference. The killing of Floyd "is an abuse of power and must be fought in the US and elsewhere," explained Borrell. "We uphold the right to protest peacefully and condemn violence and racism of all kinds," added the High Representative: The EU also launches a "call for a de-escalation of tension" and expresses its "confidence that Americans will be able to unite and reconcile as a nation," said Borrell. For the EU "all lives count. Black lives also count," concluded Borrell.
Germany: "Legitimate protests, but do not result in violence"
"The" peaceful "protests held in the United States to ask for justice for George Floyd, the African American who died during a police arrest in Minneapolis, are understandable and more than legitimate. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said this during a press conference. "I can only express the hope that peaceful protests will not become violent and even more hope that they will have an impact," he added.
UN, Bachelet: "Endemic racial discrimination in the US"
The disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on ethnic minorities in the United States and protests triggered by the death of George Floyd have highlighted "endemic inequalities" that need to be addressed. This was stated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. "This virus is revealing endemic inequalities that have been ignored for too long," read a note. "In the United States - adds Bachelet - the protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd are highlighting not only police violence against black people, but also disparities in terms of health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination" .
'' I am somewhat worried about what is happening in the United States, about these protests born of a tragic accident, with the killing of an innocent person by a policeman. The peaceful protests are not particularly worrying, but the violent clashes I fear can make us take a step back from controlling the coronavirus epidemic, because obviously in those situations public health indications such as social distancing are not followed. So yes, I am worried about what will happen in the next two weeks on the contagion front and I am not the only one who is worried about this. '' Anthony Fauci, immunologist at the White House task force on Covid-19, told Sky.
Iran: "US leaders tried for racial discrimination"
Iranian authorities have criticized the US administration and police for suppressing protests that erupted following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "US leaders should be tried before international courts on charges of deliberate murder and racial discrimination," said head of the Iranian judiciary, hojjatoleslam Raisi, quoted by the official news agency 'Irna'. Yesterday, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, at the press conference had defined the repression of the demonstrations that set the United States on fire as "illegal" and, addressing the American police, he added: "Stop the violence against your people, leave it to breathe".