Washington: Protests and demonstrations are held across the US and the world on Saturday, calling for an end to racism and police brutality in one of the largest mobilisations since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
Hundreds of mourners gathered in North Carolina on Saturday for a memorial service for Floyd.Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, has promised to review the social network’s policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by the US president that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting.
Several jurisdictions have been altering their use-of-force policies. California’s governor ordered state police to stop teaching a controversial neck restraint, Minneapolis officials banned police choke and strangleholds, Seattle’s mayor banned police from using tear gas in protests, and a federal judge in Denver limited police use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.
Australians who defied public health rules and rallied in support of the US Black Lives Matter movement were reckless and self-indulgent, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.
More than 20,000 people protested in Sydney and other cities on Saturday, in solidarity with US anger over the killing of George Floyd and calling for an end to similar deaths of indigenous Australians.
Cormann said the protesters risked a second outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
“I think it is incredibly selfish,” Cormann told Sky News. “It’s incredibly self-indulgent.”
Australia has had 7,255 cases of the coronavirus and 102 deaths, avoiding the higher tolls seen elsewhere because of border closures and strict social distancing since March.
A senior aide to President Donald Trump apologised for promoting a racially-charged video on her Twitter feed.
Mercedes Schlapp, a senior Trump national spokeswoman, said she “deeply apologized” for retweeting a video of a chainsaw-wielding man in Texas shouting at anti-racist protesters, in which he used a racial slur.
“I retweeted without watching the full video. I deleted the tweet. I would never knowingly promote the use of that word,” Schlapp said in an email to Reuters.
Thousands of people around the world have rallied in solidarity with anti-racism protests in the United States following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25.
Outside the US, large protests have also erupted in many cities around the world.