TRUMP GETS GLOBAL BATTERING OVER RACISM
Thousands of people marched in New Zealand’s largest city on Monday, June 1, 2020 to protest the killing of George Floyd in the US as well as to stand up against police violence and racism in their own country. The protesters in Auckland marched to the U.S. Consulate, where they kneeled. They held banners with slogans like “I can’t breathe” and “The real virus is racism,” the Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday.
Hundreds more joined the peaceful protests and vigils elsewhere in New Zealand, where Monday was a public holiday. In Iran, which has in the recent past violently put down nationwide demonstrations by killing hundreds, arresting thousands and disrupting internet access to the outside world, state television has repeatedly aired images of the U.S. unrest.
At a gathering in central London on Sunday, thousands offered support for American demonstrators, chanting “No justice! No peace!” and waving placards with the words “How many more?” In Brazil, hundreds of people protested crimes committed by the police against black people in Rio de Janeiro’s working-class neighborhoods, known as favelas. Police used tear gas to disperse them, with some demonstrators saying “I can’t breathe,” repeating Floyd’s own words.
In Canada, an anti-racism protest degenerated into clashes between Montreal police and some demonstrators. Police declared the gathering illegal after they say projectiles were thrown at officers who responded with pepper spray and tear gas. In authoritarian nations, the unrest became a chance to undermine US criticism of their own situations. Iranian state television repeatedly aired images of the US unrest. Russia said the US had systemic human rights problems. State-controlled media in China saw the protests through the prism of US views on Hong Kong’s anti-government demonstrations, which China has long said the US encouraged.