On the 25th of May, George Floyd became a victim of police killing. The brutal killing of a black person became the reason for putting the issue of racism again on the boil. Floyd was unarmed and pinned to the ground by a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The officer, who has since been fired and charged for murder, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe”. The protest has been started from the US and gradually it spread outside the USA in many cities around the world. The cities it attained its zenith are Argentina, Perth, Australia, Sydney, Brussels, Brazil, Calgary, and many more.
In North America, large crowds have gathered in Mexico City showing the placards with words like “Black lives matter”, “I can’t breathe”, “No justice, no peace”.
In South America, the crowd blocked several roads
In Europe, European Union said it was shocked and appalled by the death of Floyd, calling it “an abuse of power” and warned against further excessive use of force.
In Africa, a large number of people came on the roads to protest and African Union condemns the incident.
The incident of death of the African American man Floyd has started protest all over the world and the list of the cities where the protests have come to a boil is unending. The way of condemning the incident is different everywhere. Some are showing placards, some are on rallies.
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But in some states, people used their voting right to show their protest. In Lowa, as republican primary voters were dumping Rep. Steve King, one of the country’s most notorious white supremacists, people in Ferguson, Missouri, elected Ella Jones to be the city’s first-ever African-American and woman mayor.
In the victory speech on the same night, that the most outspoken white supremacist in the congress went down to defeat, Jones stressed that was in full support of the nationwide uprising against police violence even as she condemned violence perpetrated by small groups attempting to derail the focus of the national movement.
This voting in which Steve King face defeat was considered very important because the king had been re-elected nine times before beating the dust this time. After it was very clear that Ella Jones has won, in the interview given to people’s world network, she said “I’ve got work to do, because when you are an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart”.
Significantly, for the people backing the national uprising, the announcement was made that the state of Minnesota had launched an investigation into the long-running racist practice of the entire Minneapolis police department.