Protests by George Floyd reach more than 140 cities in the USA; in Brazil, protests strengthen black uprising

On Sunday, the sixth day of intense protests, the White House was without power and there was repression of police against protesters

Protestos são realizados em diversas cidades norte-americanas | Foto TERRAY SYLVESTER – REUTERS

 

Protests against the assassination of George Floyd, a black man asphyxiated by a white policeman on the 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have spread to at least 140 cities in the United States.

In New York, protesters crossed the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, paralyzing traffic. At dusk, the police in the area of Union Square in Manhattan, began to suppress the act. To defend themselves from the police, the demonstrators set fire to garbage cans and barricades, with flames coming in two floors high, according to witnesses in live broadcasts on social media.

 

Labaredas de fogo tomaram os arredores da Casa Branca em Washington DC | Foto: Redes Sociais Metro UK

 

In Washington, the presence on the streets of thousands of people who remained in the same place after the start of the curfew, the authorities have spent the night trying to put out fires, even near the White House, which was without power at a moment

According to information from the New York Times and activist organization Anonymous, as on Friday, Trump was reportedly taken back to the security bunker underground at the headquarters of the US Presidency. The procedure was carried out, for the last time, during the 9/11 attacks.

 

Casa Branca foi cercada por milhares de manifestantes | Foto: ALEX WONG – GETTY IMAGES

 

 

In the hidden bunker, Trump reportedly posted on Twitter a thanks to the National Guard, in addition to stating that his government will designate the Antifas, an anti-fascist movement that usually acts on the front lines of the demonstrations, as a terrorist group.

 

Em diversas manifestações, pessoas brancas fizeram cordão de segurança para os manifestantes negros | Foto: Redes Sociais

 

As a result of the protests, the National Guard intervened in 21 states – Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and New York, as well as the capital Washington.

In all of these states, the curfew has been adopted. Such a measure has not been seen since 1968, during the black uprising against the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Justice and reparation – After attempting to assess George’s death from other health problems, the family conducted an independent investigation, and the two doctors who performed the victim’s autopsy claimed that he died of asphyxiation and that his death therefore it is the result of a homicide.

 

Em 99% dos assassinatos de negros e hispânicos que ocorreram entre 2013 e 2019, com envolvimento da polícia, os agentes responsáveis não foram criminalmente acusados | Foto: Redes Sociais

 

 

The Black Lives Matter movement has demanded, in addition to the arrest of all those involved in the criminal operation – the police officer responsible for George’s suffocation, Derek Chauvin, is already detained – an end to structural and institutionalized racism. The end of the genocide of the black people normalized in years of slavery, exploitation and violence in the country’s history.

As previously published by Central [check out: Popular uprising by George Floyd, a black asphyxiated by policemen, gaining strength in the streets of Minneapolis, USA], according to research carried out by the Washington Post, 1014 people were shot dead by police in the USA in 2019, the black people are the main victmins. The NGO Mapping Police Violence points out that, in the country, blacks are almost three times more likely to be killed by the police than whites. Furthermore, in 99% of the murders of blacks and Hispanics that occurred between 2013 and 2019, with police involvement, the responsible agents were not criminally accused.

Internationalism – Racist society, structured and fed by the capitalist system, is not inherent only in the United States, but in the whole world. And the fury, therefore, is more than expected. The flames that take over American cities burn in revolt, for hundreds of years of oppression and violence.

For this reason, the movements in Brazil soon showed solidarity with the black American people, who in anger say enough to police violence. As there, the black Brazilian people are well aware of the brutality of the police and of the racist and genocidal governments.

 

 

Os manifestantes fizeram barricadas e atearam fogo para bloquear ataque da polícia | Foto: Samuel CORUM-AFP

 

 

Involved by willingness to resist in the name of George Floyd, and motivated by Bolsonaro’s various attacks, protesters carried out demonstrations last Sunday (31) in important states in Brazil, demanding democracy and expressing support for the struggle of the Black Lives Matter movement. CSP-Conlutas was present.

In the United States, with the white supremacist capitalist policy of Trump’s ultra-right government, just as in Brazil with Bolsonaro’s racist and genocidal policy, black people find themselves trapped by the lethality of the virus and the ever present lethality of white bourgeois police.

The brutality of George’s death underscores the vulnerability and contempt for black lives. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, black men and women are the most exposed to the virus due to the worst health care conditions, the worst working conditions, the worst living conditions in short, to which they are exposed in the USA and Brazil.

CSP-Conlutas strongly rejects the murder of George Floyd [see Motion HERE] and demands exemplary punishment for Derek Chauvin and his cronies, complicit in this brutal murder. It is also in solidarity with the struggle of the poor people and with the black men and women who stand up in protests across the United States. And it relentlessly places itself in the struggle for another society, without exploitation and oppression where black men and women of our class can build, on equal terms, better living conditions where it really matters!

 

– Capitalism and racism kills! Death to capitalism and racism! Jail for the murderous cops!

– Justice for George Floyd! Justice for Amaud Arbery! Justice for Breonna Taylor!

– Fighting is a right! Freedom now for all political prisoners!

– Defund the police and use resources to meet people’s needs – housing, unemployment wages, education, health, public transport!

 

 

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