After the anger, the time for tributes to George Floyd

Après la colère, le temps des hommages à George Floyd

A ceremony in memory of George Floyd, whose death under the knee of a white policeman sparked a deep wave of anger across the United States, will take place on Thursday in Minneapolis after a night more calm in the country than the previous.

A large crowd is expected in the early afternoon at the christian university North Central to make a first tribute public to the Afro-American 46-year-old, who died of heatstroke on may 25, during his arrest.

The reverend Al Sharpton, a figure of the movement for the defense of civil rights, will deliver the eulogy to this great city of the State of Minnesota.

“I can see the sun begin to rise on a new day for the way in which is assured the maintenance of order,” he said on Thursday morning, optimistic, on the channel MSNBC, after having met the day before the family of the victim.

Another ceremony to honour the memory of George Floyd is scheduled for Saturday at Raeford, in his home State of North Carolina, before his funeral Monday at Houston, Texas, where he grew up before joining Minneapolis, in the north of the country.

Not a major incident

Filmed by a bandwidth, the slow agony of the father of the family, placed on the ground for nearly nine minutes in the knee of the white policeman Derek Chauvin, despite his entreaties -” I can’t breathe “- has provoked a climate of tension that the United States had not experienced since the 1960s and the civil rights movement.

Manifestations of degenerative sometimes looting and violence took place daily throughout the country to denounce the police brutality, racism, and social inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic of COVID-19.

Then that emotion went beyond the borders of the United States, several large american cities, from Los Angeles to New York, from the federal capital, Washington, have enacted curfews during the night to try to contain the spill.

The police proceeded to the total in recent days to almost 10 000 arrests in the country, according to an estimate taken over by the american media.

But after more than a week of violence, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, has proven to be more calm overall, with no major incidents were reported, after the death of George Floyd was classified as “murder” and that the other three officers involved in his arrest were indicted.


Accused by the opposition democratic party, have thrown oil on the fire by threatening to use the army to quell the street, Donald Trump continues to want to be firm.

“The PUBLIC ORDER! “does he even tweeted on Thursday morning (in capital letters) in what is sure to be one of the themes of his re-election campaign until the presidential election of November 3.

One of his former ministers brought him Wednesday, a blow to front-end by accusing him of wanting to “divide” America.

“In my lifetime, Donald Trump is the first president who does not try to bring together the U.s., which does not even pretend to try “, wrote in a column for the magazine the Atlantic the ex-minister of Defense of Jim Mattis, who had resigned in protest against the withdrawal of american troops in Syria.

His successor as head of the powerful Pentagon, Mark Esper, has itself distanced itself Wednesday with Donald Trump by saying it was opposed to the idea of deploying the army in major cities of the United States to curb the vast movement of protest today.

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