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US United States: Minneapolis ignites after the death of an African-American, killed by the police

12:50  29 may  2020
12:50  29 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

United States: a police station burnt down in Minnesota after the death of George Floyd

 United States: a police station burnt down in Minnesota after the death of George Floyd Thousands of people attended the fire in the northern districts of the city, after some had broken down the barriers which protected the building. © Kerem Yucel / AFP Fire in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 28, 2020 Protesters torched a police station in Minneapolis (northern United States), during the third night of clashes against the police, in hands of which died George Floyd , a black man, during a muscular arrest.

Jeudi 28 mai 2020: des milliers de manifestants se rassemblent près du commissariat de police de Minneapolis où travaillent les mis en cause pour la mort de George Floyd. © REUTERS / Nicholas Pfosi Thursday May 28, 2020: thousands of protesters gather near the Minneapolis police station where they work blamed them for the death of George Floyd.

The city of Minneapolis in the northern United States saw its third night of riots on Thursday after the death on Monday May 25 of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who was killed by a white police officer. The protests have so far been mostly peaceful, but the violence has gone up a notch: demonstrators have burnt down the police station where the police officers are working, clashes and looting have also taken place.

With our special envoy to Minneapolis, Éric de Salve

United States: the source of the

 United States: the source of the Editorial conflagration. The death of George Floyd provided the spark. But the anger which ignites the American cities finds its roots in the repetition of the police violence and the inequalities highlighted by the coronavirus. Editorial of the "World". There are many reasons for the explosion of anger that engulfed American cities following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, during his police arrest on Monday, May 25, Minneapolis (Minnesota).

Anger has intensified markedly with a new stage in Minneapolis. In a barely believable scene in the United States , dozens of protesters raided an police station , setting fire to the building. Riot forces remain on hold for the time being.

Tear gas

The police only shoot tear gas sporadically but allow the looting to continue. Many of these rioters are making no secret of it this evening: they favor violence as a mode of political action.

"We protested peacefully for so many years, it didn't get us anywhere. When we protest peacefully, we don't get along, gets angry Rachel, a local protester. So what do you expect? That we sit idly by while waiting for the next death? No. Now let's take action!

Anger and sadness

However, a few minutes earlier, in front of the store where George Floyd was killed, suffocated by a white police officer , the atmosphere was more peaceful. Anger and sadness reigned, but also meditation, with several pastors who came to pray in front of an improvised memorial.

In Minneapolis, African refugees mourn their American dream gone

 In Minneapolis, African refugees mourn their American dream gone © Kerem Yucel A man on a skateboard passes in front of a mural of a degraded American flag, in Minneapolis on May 30, 2020 Their "American dream" was already in bad shape, the death of George Floyd dealt him a fatal blow. Indignant at police violence and racism in the United States, many African refugees have been marching with their "brothers" for a week in Minneapolis. "I came here because my country was at war, and I end up with two little boys who are afraid because they are not white".

That while anonymous people were continuously depositing words, bouquets of flowers with, everywhere on the walls, inscriptions asking for justice for Georges Floyd. Or “I can't breathe”, the last words of this 46-year-old African American, who died under the knee of this policeman and whose death filmed by passers-by ignites this evening still Minneapolis.

Trump threatens protesters, his tweet is reported for " apology for violence "

The American president then spoke out on the riots, but his tweet was reported on Friday May 29 by Twitter for "apology for violence ". Donald Trump called the Minneapolis protesters "scum", also suggesting that law enforcement may open fire on them.

“This tweet violates Twitter’s rules of violence. However, Twitter believes that it is in the public interest that this tweet remains accessible, "said the social network on a banner on the tweet from Donald Trump.

Thousands protested again in London - "Racism is a virus" .
London, Jun 7 (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the US Embassy in central London on Sunday to protest again against police violence and racism. Some of them wore face masks labeled "Racism is a Virus". In the United States, African-American George Floyd was most recently brutally killed in a police operation in Minneapolis. Since then there have been protests in more and more cities, not just in the United States.

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