Houston | Several tens of thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday in Houston, Texas, to pay tribute to George Floyd and ask for justice after the death of the black american during his arrest by the police of Minneapolis on may 25.
“George was really humble, someone you wanted to love, so it’s going to work for him and it’s going to be a packed house,” announced at the beginning of the day on Instagram the rapper Trae Tha Truth, friend of the deceased and co-organizer of the walk.
Among the protesters, several members of the family of George Floyd and fifty cowboys black horse, and clad in t-shirts bearing his likeness.
Passing in front of the windows in the centre and the few shops that are protected by wooden planks, the crowd chanted, “I can’t breathe” and ” Say his name! George Floyd! “.
Tens of thousands of people in Houston are coming with the family or in a group, to celebrate the memory of the African-American 46-year-old, who was asphyxiated during his arrest eight days ago when a white policeman knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The scene broadcast on the social networks has caused a huge wave of anger in the country and the demonstrations to denounce the police brutality after another, sometimes interspersed with violence.
Perched on portable toilets of plastic, with a sign reading ” Picnic Trump “, Brandon Anderson smokes a cigarillo and talks with other protesters. He testifies with emotion from the AFP: “I came here today because I am a black man. And I know that I am the most hated on this planet. But I refuse to let this world knock me down. I refuse to believe that I’m not loved “.
Come with friends, Grace Amaku, a nurse of nigerian origin, says a demonstration cathartic: “It is time that Black people rise up and show that we can no longer bear this, because everyone breathes the pain,” she says to AFP, adding that she feels “hope” when she sees persons who are not black speak on the topic of police violence.
“I have two sons and I really want their future to be bright, rather than having something that we have been fighting for quite a long time,” said Alex Thigpen, an African-american who came to do its part “, is mounted on top of a hill where we saw the packed crowd gathered on the square in front of the town hall and overflowing into the adjacent streets.
“Today is not about the mayor, it is about the family of George Floyd, we want them to know that George did not die in vain “, has launched the city’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, to the crowd.
“We are not perfect, we acknowledge that. In our city, we respect everyone, every neighborhood has value “, he added.
The funeral of George Floyd are scheduled for June 9 in Houston, the city where he grew up. Prior to this, two ceremonies are to be conducted Thursday in Minneapolis and Saturday in North Carolina where he was from.