Washington | The movement of anger against racism and police brutality continued Tuesday in the United States, despite the looting, clashes with police and the your martial of Donald Trump, determined to restore order by resorting if necessary to the army.
Nine days after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man asphyxiated by a white policeman, the wave of protest history knows no respite.
At least 60 000 people have paid tribute Tuesday to the deceased during a peaceful rally in Houston, Texas town where he grew up and where he should be buried next week. “We want them to know that George did not die in vain “, has launched the city’s mayor, Sylvester Turner.
In Los Angeles, mayor Eric Garcetti has asked the police a knee to the ground, a symbol for 2016 of the denunciation of police violence against the minority african-american.
In Washington, several thousand people, including the democrat senator Elizabeth Warren, have expressed until late in the evening, braving the curfew decreed by the municipality from 19: 00. The area around the White House have been blocked by barriers of metal, preventing any direct confrontation with the forces of law and order.
The u.s. capital, where over 300 protesters were arrested Monday night, ” was the safest place on the planet last night “, was praised on Twitter Donald Trump, taking the positioning of president of ” law and order “.
The quiet reigned in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this outbreak of anger. “I want him justice because he was good, regardless of what people think, it was such a nice person “, has started weeping the wife of George Floyd, Roxie Washington, during a press conference.
For the past week, the unrest spread in over a hundred cities in the us, with thousands of arrests and several deaths. Donald Trump has paid tribute Tuesday night to a former police officer killed on a scene of looting in St. Louis (Missouri).
In New York, where several major department stores of the famous 5th Avenue were looted on Monday evening, the night-time curfew has been moved forward to 20: 00 and continued until Sunday.
This has not prevented hundreds of protesters, black and white, to protest peacefully, chanting, ” George Floyd, George Floyd “, or even ” Black Lives Matter! “, a rallying cry against police violence aimed at African Americans.
The curfew “is a tool to prevent the people to protest rather than to stop people who commit crimes,” explained Tazhiana Gordon, a nurse, a black 29-year-old.
“To dominate the streets “
In a speech muscular, the american president had announced late on Monday the deployment of “thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and police officers to Washington to end “the riots” and ” looting “. And he had called on the governors to “dominate the streets,” while threatening to send the army “to quickly resolve the problem in their place” if they were not acting according to its guidelines.
Just before his speech, the security forces had dispersed with blows of tear gas, many demonstrators around the White House to then allow the president to walk in front of a church iconic degraded the day before. This gesture has been denounced by leaders of both protestant and catholic, who condemned a coup de communication ” morally repugnant “.
The mayor of Washington dc Muriel Bowser, has protested against the sending of military ” in the streets of the united states against the Americans “, an attack echoed by many of the governors are democrats.
Because the crisis in a country already highly divided, takes a turn more and more political.
The democratic candidate for the presidential election of 3 November, Joe Biden, was charged on Tuesday, Donald Trump for having ” transformed this country into a battlefield undermined by old grudges and new fears “.
During a trip to Philadelphia, he promised to ” heal the wounds of racial that meurtrissent our country for so long “.
The former republican president George W. Bush felt it was ” time for America to examine our failures, and tragic “.
In Face of the protests, which are involved in the United States, where social and racial inequalities that are already exacerbated by the pandemic of Covid-19, Donald Trump has remained silent so far on the responses to the evils denounced by the protesters.
And there has been very briefly referred to as the “revolt” of the Americans, in the face of the conditions of the death of George Floyd.
This man of 46 years died may 25, repeating “I can’t breathe” (” I can’t breathe “), lying on the ground, handcuffed, and with the neck under the knee of a police officer, whose colleagues have remained passive.
The autopsies have confirmed that the death was due to the pressure at the level of his neck.
The author of the facts, the officer Derek Chauvin, was dismissed by the police and then arrested and charged for involuntary manslaughter. But the protesters and the family of George Floyd want the other three police officers who participated in the arrest are also being pursued.