BLM protests continue for a third week in the U.S., following killing of George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S. continued for the third week since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In San Francisco, a caravan of vehicles stopped traffic for roughly 2 hours on Oakland Bay Bridge.

In Detroit, as protesters marched in the streets, one person covered the head of a statue of General Alexander Macomb, the commanding general of the U.S. Army in the early 1800s.

In Los Angeles, tens of thousands of protesters turned out for a rally organized by Black members of the city’s LGBTQ community.

And in Chicago, the “Drag March for Change” featured speeches by drag queens in support of the BLM movement.

In Atlanta, protests have been re-ignited by another death of an unarmed black man while in police custody.

Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was fatally shot by police officer Garrett Rolfe on Friday night, following a field sobriety test.

Atlanta police chief Erika Shields stepped down after Brook’s killing and Rolfe was fired on Sunday.

On Monday, peaceful protests in Atlanta continued as hundreds marched to the state Capitol building.

In Seattle, protesters occupied a 6-block segment of downtown.

Lined with shuttered storefronts, the area is now home to vendors handing out free food from community donors, and products, music performances, and protest displays of every nature — on Sunday, one person wore a Trump mask, while volunteers beat him with a foam stick.

Last Thursday, Trump proposed using National Guard troops to clear the protesters from the area as he tweeted ‘take back your city now. If you don’t do it, I will.’

But Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan made it clear that she intends to respect her constituents’ first amendment rights.

“I want to make clear that for myself and for the city and for chief best, the First Amendment rights of residents must be protected and protesters must feel safe when they express their First Amendment rights. Over the past few days, we’ve had peaceful demonstrations across the city.”

In an interview with Fox News over the weekend, Trump doubled down on his tweeted threat.

“No, no, we’re not going to let this happen in Seattle if we have to go and we’re going to go in. And the governor is either going to do it. Let the governor do it. He’s got great National Guard troops so he can do it. But one way or the other. It’s going to get done.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations plans to have serious human rights discussions about race and equality.

“There is a complaint about a lot of racism in many countries of this world, of course, in Europe, but not only. You will find it all over the world and if you listen to what people have to say, I think they will just come up with statements on describing different situations in different countries.”

The UN Human Rights council’s decision to hold the debate on June 17 came after a request was made by 600 activist groups and victims’ relatives.

No Comment

Leave a Reply