Peaceful protesting achieves a lot

The wave of protests in the USA continues

Justified anger about grievances in the country must be used in a peaceful way for real change, said the former US President and predecessor of Trump. Then this moment could be a real turning point, warned Barack Obama in a written statement. The protests were an expression of real and legitimate disappointment over "decades of failure" in police and criminal justice reform in the United States.

Trump relies on hardship

US President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is taking a completely different course: at a video conference he said that anyone who violently protests must be arrested. At the same time, he accused a number of governors of a lack of assertiveness. That is dangerous, the authorities could then be overrun by the protests. If the police cannot ensure order, the governors would have to call on the National Guard, Trump said. At the same time, he again accused the radical left-wing anti-fascist movement of fueling the violence.

The protests in the USA have been going on for the sixth day in a row. There were also confrontations between demonstrators and the police in the immediate vicinity of the White House in Washington. Security forces used tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against people gathered in a park adjacent to President Donald Trump's official residence. It has since become known that Trump had to seek shelter in an underground bunker on Friday, the situation around his official residence in Washington was so tense.

Floyd's son calls for no violence

In the city of St. Paul, which is directly adjacent to Minneapolis, thousands of people gathered in front of the Capitol, where the governor and attorney general as well as the parliament of Minnesota have their official seats. Your generation is "tired of the oppression," said 31-year-old African American Muna Abdi. She wants her three-year-old son "to stay alive". There were also larger demonstrations in New York and Miami on Sunday.

A son of Floyd called for violence to be avoided during the protests. In a TV interview on CNN subsidiary KBTX, Quincy Mason Floyd appealed to protesters to remain peaceful. At the same time he expressed himself moved about the great sympathy for the death of his father. "Everyone comes and shows them love. My heart is very touched by all of this."

DW correspondent disabled at work  

The tense situation is making it increasingly difficult for journalists to work in the USA. DW correspondent Stefan Simons, who works in Minneapolis, has already been hindered in his work twice by police officers. On Sunday, officers armed with rifles approached Simons to force him to stop working. After a brief argument, Simons decided to drive away with his camera team.

On the night of Sunday, Simons was apparently startled by a police shot shortly before going live: "Five minutes before we wanted to go live, we heard something rush past our ears, that was a shot." In the background of the video footage of the DW cameraman, it is unclear how a police officer lets an object sink down like a weapon after a shot has been fired. "My cameraman was even more exposed to the danger than I was, that could have turned out really badly," says Simons.

The difficulties and stresses with which the reporter from Deutsche Welle was confronted are not an isolated case: a CNN correspondent and television team were briefly arrested on Friday. On Saturday, two Reuters news agency employees and a Swedish newspaper correspondent were injured from rubber bullets.

The powerful music industry is putting pressure on it

Major US record companies want to take a break on Tuesday to protest Floyd's death. Music companies such as Atlantic Records, Capitol Music, Warner Records and Sony Music are participating in an action under the motto "The Show Must Be Paused" - a modification of the motto "The Show Must Go On" ("The Show must go on "). Several labels want to donate to civil rights groups.

Columbia Records emphasized that Tuesday was not a day off, but a moment to think about how we could go on together "in solidarity". "When the music is off, maybe we can really listen." In the past few days, numerous music stars such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Taylor Swift, Cardi B and Billie Eilish expressed their anger over Floyd's death.

Three policemen are still at large

The unarmed George Floyd died last Monday after the white cop Derek Chauvin pushed his knee back on his neck for almost nine minutes. The African American groaned in vain that he could not breathe ("I can't breathe") before he passed out and later died in a hospital in Minneapolis. He was 46 years old. A video of the incident caused horror across the country. Nonetheless, Chauvin remained at large for days before he was finally arrested and charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide. But that's not enough for Floyd's family and many protesters. They are demanding a murder charge. Three other officers involved in the operation were, like Chauvin, dismissed from the police force, but are still at large.

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    "I can not breath"

    The protests against police violence against blacks quickly spread from Minneapolis to other cities such as New York City, where this woman also took to the streets. The demos began earlier this week after a police officer handcuffed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, and pressed his knee to the back of his neck - until Floyd finally stopped breathing and died.

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    Quieter demos, violent riots

    The rallies on Saturday were mostly peaceful, but some of them escalated over the course of the night. In Washington, D.C. Where this man was kneeling, too, the National Guard was stationed in front of the White House. At least one person died in Indianapolis shootings. In New York, two police vehicles drove into a crowd.

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    Robbed

    A man carries a chain from a destroyed store: in some cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Minneapolis, the protests have turned into rioting; People looted and demolished local shops and businesses.

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    Whose fault is it?

    President Donald Trump has threatened to send the military to crack down on the protests. His government will finally stop the violence. Trump put the blame for the riots on allegedly left-wing extremist groups. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told reporters he had heard several unconfirmed reports of white racists fueling the violence.

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    Media in the crosshairs

    Many journalists who covered the protests were targeted themselves. On Friday, a CNN correspondent and his crew were arrested while reporting in Minneapolis, several reporters were hit by bullets or arrested during the broadcast. DW's Stefan Simons was shot at by the police as he was preparing to go on air.

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    A protest goes around the world

    In the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto, too, more and more people are taking to the streets against ubiquitous racism. You are also reminiscent of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. The dark-skinned woman fell from the balcony of her high-rise apartment on Wednesday, where she had previously been alone with police officers. The officers were supposed to help the mentally ailing woman.

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    Anger is also growing in Germany

    A graffito at the Berlin Mauerpark commemorates the violent death of George Floyd. His desperate words "I can't breathe" - "I can't breathe" - went around the world as a Twitter hashtag. On Saturday, thousands also demonstrated in front of the US embassy in Berlin.

    Author: Martin Kuebler, (sth)


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