Nations watch in horror the angry protests in US against police brutality
Countries across the world have watched in shock the angry protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he suffocated.
The scenes of burning cars and buildings, as well as riot police clashing with protestors in the US, were headline news on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the globe Sunday, pushing news of the coronavirus pandemic to second-tier status in many nations.
Floyd's death on May 25 in Minneapolis has reignited protests across the US that have flared repeatedly in recent years over police killings of black Americans.
Thousands gathered in the British capital London on Sunday to offer support for American demonstrators. The protesters ignored UK government rules banning crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK protestors chanted "No justice! No peace!" and waved placards with the words “How many more?” at London’s Trafalgar Square. Demonstrators then marched to the US Embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building.
Several hundred people took to the streets Sunday in Berlin, Germany, carrying signs with slogans like “Silence is Violence,” “Hold Cops Accountable,” and “Who Do You Call When Police Murder?” he US Embassy in Berlin was the scene of protests on Saturday under the motto: “Justice for George Floyd.”
Protesters in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, also gathered at the American Embassy on Sunday. Participants carried placards with messages such as “Stop Killing Black People.”
Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday carried the headline “This killer-cop set America ablaze” with an arrow pointing to a photo of now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin. The newspaper’s story reported “scenes like out of a civil war."
Chauvin, 44, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder. The eruptions of riots in the US have not let up despite his arrest.
In China, the protests are being viewed through the prism of US government criticism of China's crackdown on anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Hu Xijin, the editor of the Global Times newspaper, wrote on Twitter that US officials can now see protests from their own homes. He asked US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “Should Beijing support protests in the US, like you glorified rioters in Hong Kong?”
Hua Chunying, a Chinese Foreign ministry spokeswoman, pointed out America's racial unrest by tweeting “I can't breathe,” which Floyd said before his death.
Iran's Foreign Ministry said Monday the “world has heard the outcry” of the American people protesting government oppression and racial discrimination and will support them.
“The world has heard your outcry over the State oppression. The world is standing with you," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told a press conference in Tehran, addressing the American people.
Russia accused the United States of “systemic problems in the human rights sphere.'' It denounced Floyd's death as the latest in a series of police violence cases against African Americans.
“This incident is far from the first in a series of lawless conduct and unjustified violence from US law enforcement,’’ the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “American police commit such high-profile crimes all too often.’’
In Brazil, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Rio de Janeiro state government palace to protest crimes committed by the police against African Americans.