Anger against racism and police brutality continued on Tuesday for the eighth consecutive night in the United States, despite curfews and Donald Trump’s fight signal.
Nine days after the death in Minneapolis in George Floyd, a black man aggravated by a white police officer, the wave of historical protest feels no respite in the United States. More than a hundred American cities are affected by the demonstrations of anger in the fifty states, with thousands of arrests and several deaths.
At least 60,000 people paid tribute to the deceased Tuesday, June 2, at a peaceful meeting in Houston, Texas, where he grew up and where he will be buried next week. “We want them to know that George is not dead in vain,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
In Washington, several thousand people, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, demonstrated until late at night, defying the city’s curfew from 7 p.m. The surrounding area of the White House was blocked by metal barriers, which prevented direct confrontation with police.
The US capital, where more than 300 protesters were arrested on Monday night, “was the safest place on the planet last night,” Donald Trump said on Twitter as the president of “the law and the law.” The US president also paid tribute to a former policeman who was killed in a raid on St. John’s on Tuesday night. Louis, Missouri.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti posed with the police with a knee on the ground, a symbol since 2016 to reject police violence against the African American minority.
Calm reigned in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this powerful wave. “I want him to get 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.
In New York, where several well-known 5 department storese Avenue was raided Monday night, the night ban was introduced at 8pm and extended to Sunday. This did not prevent hundreds of protesters, black and white, from protesting peacefully and singing “George Floyd, George Floyd” or “Black Lives Matter!” (“black lives are counted”) and collect calls for police violence against African Americans.
“Dominate the streets”
In a muscular speech on Monday night, the US president announced the deployment of “thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and Washington police to end “riots” and “looting.” And he urged the governors to “dominate the streets” while threatening to send the army “to quickly solve the problem for them” if they did not act according to his directive.
Just before his speech, police had spread tear gas from many protesters around the White House to let the president go to an emblematic church degraded the day before.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser protested that the military was sent “to America’s streets against the Americans,” an attack resumed by many Democratic governors. Since the crisis, in an already extremely divided country, is taking an increasingly political turn.
Biden accuses Trump of turning country into “battlefield”
Democratic presidential candidate Nov. 3, Joe Biden, accused Donald Trump on Tuesday of “turning this country into a battlefield plagued by old battles and new fears”. During a trip to Philadelphia, he promised to “cure racial harms that have plagued our country for so long”.
Facing protests, which are occurring in the United States where social and racial inequalities have already been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Donald Trump has so far silenced the response to the evils that protesters condemned. And only very briefly did the Americans mention “rebellion” before the terms of George Floyd’s death.
The 46-year-old man died on May 25 when he repeated “I can’t breathe”, lying on the floor, handcuffed and with his neck under the police. Autopsies confirmed that the death was due to pressure on his neck.