Death of George Floyd

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Peaceful vigil at George Floyd's death site
Graffiti mural honouring George Floyd in Minneapolis
Graffiti mural honouring George Floyd in Minneapolis Credit: unsplash.com/munshots

A peaceful vigil was held at the site of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Hundreds of protestors met just hours after George Floyd's brother had visited the site. People gathered in a circle of signs and flowers, many held hands. One of the signs read: "I shouldn’t have to fear for my black children’s future", another: "Stop killing my black brothers and sisters."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Music industry announces Blackout Tuesday in support of protests in the US
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Famous musicians like the Foo Fighters, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel and Billy Bragg have announced that they will partake in a "Blackout Tuesday" protest under the hashtag "#TheShowMustBePaused" in order to support the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States. Musician Billy Bragg urged people on his Twitter to "Take a day out to reflect on what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community".

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Thousands of people arrested during George Floyd protests over the weekend

Over the weekend thousands of people were arrested all over the US during the protests following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd by the hands of a police officer. According to CBS News, there were over 7,200 arrests made in 43 cities, with charges such as rioting, looting, burglary, arson and violating curfew.

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Peaceful protesters tear-gassed to clear path for Donald Trump photo-op

Police used tear gas and sound grenades to clear peaceful protesters in front of the White House to make way for Trump to visit the St. John's Episcopal Church.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde,  condemned President Donald Trump on a interview with CNN: "Let me be clear: The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for,"

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NYT criticized for extenuated headline regarding White House attack on peaceful protestors
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020 Credit: New York Times via Tom Jolly on Twitter

Shortly after Tom Jolly, Print Editor of the New York Times, posted an image of the paper's A1 page with the title "As chaos spreads, Trump vows to 'end it now'", many took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its trivialization of the event. Neither the headline nor the sub-header mentioned the attack on peaceful protestors at the foot of the White House to make room for a photo-op of President Trump. Though the story itself painted a harsh and accurate picture of the event, the headline was heavily criticized on Twitter.

Matt Pearce of the LA Times wrote: "They brutalized peaceful protesters for a photo op." Andrew Beatty of AFP News replied with "This one will be taught in journalism schools." Parker Molloy tweeted: "Tom, this is embarrassing. I’d be ashamed to work for a place that put this out." 

In the CNN Business newsletter "Reliable Sources", Oliver Darcy says that "NYT's A1 falls short" and "If you were expecting The New York Times A1 to — in a bold and unflinching way — call out the attack on a peaceful demonstration so President Trump could have a photo-op, prepare to be disappointed."

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Curfew imposed in many cities, National Guard activated in 23
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square.
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square. Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer enter its seventh day, at least 40 US cities have imposed overnight curfews. Among those cities are Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles and a statewide curfew in Arizona. Washington, DC and at least 23 other cities have activated the National Guard.

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Independent autopsy shows George Floyd died from 'asphyxiation from sustained pressure'
A man leaves a photograph at a memorial for George Floyd
A man leaves a photograph at a memorial for George Floyd Credit: Lorie Shaull (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

An independent autopsy into the death of George Floyd found that the unarmed black found his death was a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to attorney Ben Crump.

Crump stated Floyd was "dead on the scene" in Minneapolis on May 25.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook employees voice criticism towards Zuckerberg's decision to not fact check posts

After Twitter attached a warning label to one of the tweets of US President Donald Trump, the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook wouldn't take any action and said the post in which Trump said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" is compliant with the rules of the platform regarding incitement of violence. Since then a number of employees have voice their disagreement with that decision. Lauren Tan, a software engineer at the company stated that "Facebook's inaction in taking down Trump's post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here" and other employees questioned the moral standpoints of the company.

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Trump taken to White House bunker amid protests on Friday

Donald Trump has been taken to the White House's underground bunker on Friday night, as protestors gathered outside the gates, according to reports of the New York Times. “The president and his family were rattled by their experience on Friday night, according to several advisers,” so the Times. Trump was rushed to the bunker by secret service agents on Friday night where he spent about an hour.

The White House underground bunker, or Presidential Emergency Operations Center, was built during World War II and is said to withstand aerial attacks.

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Fires near White House in third night of D.C. protests
George Floyd protests in Washington DC, Lafayette Square on May 30
George Floyd protests in Washington DC, Lafayette Square on May 30 Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the protests in Washington, D.C. entered into the third night, multiple fires were set near the White House. A fire was started in the lobby of the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, and on two locations at Lafayette Square. Police have also responded to further fires across the city. Earlier D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a citywide curfew. Protestors have also damaged buildings and cars. 

In response to the ongoing nearby protests, the White House turned off its external lights. 

Regional News • Oceania
George Floyd Solidarity Marches across New Zealand
George Floyd Solidarity Marches across New Zealand
Credit: unsplash.com/Logan Weaver

Thousands of people across New Zealand have joined Americans to protest the killing of George Floyd. In Auckland and Christchurch, protestors have gathered for the Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity while a vigil is being held in Wellington. Among the organisers is 20-year old student Joanna Li, who told the NZ Herald: "It's needed, if you think it's not needed, you're not paying attention."

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Trump says US will label Antifa a domestic terrorist organization
National Guard soldier during the protests in Atlanta
National Guard soldier during the protests in Atlanta Credit: Major William Carraway, National Guard (Public Domain)

After another night of violent protests, President Trump said Sunday that he was designating Antifa as a domestic terrorism organization, as the president blames Antifa for starting riots at street protests over George Floyd's death.

Antifa is short for “anti-fascist”, and the movement is largely decentralized, with activists organizing their protest activities online or in small, decentralized groups.

Regional News • Africa
"I strongly condemn the murder of #GeorgeFloyd", AU chairman Mahamat
Moussa Faki Mahamat r meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C in 2017
Moussa Faki Mahamat r meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C in 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, has spoken out about the murder of George Floyd on Twitter. He condemned the murder of George Floyd "at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."

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19-year-old man dies at protests as shots have been fired into crowd

During the protests against the death of George Floyd a 19-year-old protesting man has been shot. During the night time protests in Detroit, Michigan shots have been fired into a crowd of protestors, killing the man. So far it's unclear who was shooting.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd's death

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday days after a video circulated of him holding his knee to George Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes before Floyd died.

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told reporters about Chauvin's arrest shortly after a news conference.

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At least seven people shot at Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville

Parallel to the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd, protests have broken out demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER tech from Louisville who was shot and killed by the Metro Police Louisville in March 2020. The police have confirmed that shots were heard before 11:30 pm and that at least seven people had been shot - two of which required surgery. In the statement, the police said that they were not involved in the shootings.

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Twitter marks Trump tweet as "glorifying violence"
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet Credit: via Twitter

After US President Donald J. Trump threatened Minneapolis protestors with "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", Twitter marked his tweet as a violation against Twitter rules. "However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

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Trump calls protestors "thugs", criticizes Mayor of Minneapolis on Twitter

On Thursday night, US President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to comment on the ongoing protests in Minneapolis, calling the protestors "thugs" who are "dishonoring the memory of George Floyd". According to Trump, Governor Tim Walz has the support of the US military, stating that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

Trump furthermore criticises Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as "very weak" and "a total lack of leadership".

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Minneapolis police precinct set on fire by protestors

On Thursday night, protestors entered a Minneapolis police building by force and set multiple fires, following the death of unarmed man George Floyd at the hands of the police. According to John Elder, Minneapolis Police spokesman, staff was evacuated at around 10 p.m.

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Protests, following the death of George Floyd, escalate

Following the death of unarmed man George Floyd at the hands of the police, protests have been happening in three U.S. cities. Protests in Minneapolis have escalated in the second night of protests and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a warning, calling it an "extremely dangerous situation". Footage showed the protesters gathering near the city's 3rd Precinct station and looting nearby stores. Police responded with firing tear gas.