From Quartz blog:
America’s police brutality protests have now reached New Delhi
A group of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi will protest “against anti-black racism in Ferguson and beyond” on Monday, to show their solidarity with the thousands of demonstrators in the US.
In November, a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri. This week, another grand jury did not press charges against a white New York City police officer whose chokehold caused an asthmatic black man’s death.
Both these incidents have led to race-related unrest in many American cities.
“We want to send a message to the American state that even though we are here in India, we are watching,” said Meghna Chandra, a history student at JNU, who is one of the organisers of the protest.
Chandra is an Indian-born American who graduated from University of Pennsylvania and has been living in India for a year now. She and other protesters will gather in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on Monday morning.
The organisers, mostly Americans, have created a Facebook page to invite students from other colleges in Delhi.
“We see the connections between the criminalization of black and brown bodies in the United States and the criminalization of Muslim, Dalit, and Adivasi bodies in India,” the Facebook page said.
“The persistent discrimination calls into question the very notions of American and Indian democracy.”
The protesters also hope to create awareness about racial discrimination faced by foreigners in India.
“Racism in India is not discussed much but it is really rampant against Africans,” said Vincent Kelley, a 21-year-old American exchange student at JNU.
Kelly referred to a video that appeared on YouTube in September this year, which shows a mob attacking African nationals at a busy metro station in Delhi.
More than 150 people are expected to participate in the demonstration, Chandra said.
JNU students have a history of fighting for social and political rights of the underrepresented.
The university was one of the first to organise a protest after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus in Delhi two years ago. Their agitation eventually captured the attention of the entire world and helped bring about tougher rape laws in India.
From AFP news agency, about New York City:
Friends and relatives yesterday attended the funeral of Akai Gurley, who was shot dead when a police officer opened fire in a dark staircase at a Brooklyn apartment building as he walked with his girlfriend late on November 20.
Dozens of mourners paid their respects at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church, where Gurley’s gray coffin was covered in a huge spray of red and white flowers.
The 28-year-old, whose mother lived in Florida, had been planning a surprise Thanksgiving trip to introduce her to his young daughter when he was killed.
Anger and protests continued in New York City and in other US cities for a third day yesterday, following this week’s announcement that the police officer who killed 43-year-old Eric Garner in Staten Island in July would face no charges: here.
Protesters rally in Lexington after deaths in N.Y., Ferguson. Demonstrators in Lexington and Newton say they felt compelled to rally by lack of charges after deaths of 2 unarmed black men: here.
DOCUMENTS FROM FERGUSON GRAND JURY WITHHELD According to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s office, the key documents missing are involved in the ongoing federal investigation. [USA Today]
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Declined 7-Year-Old’s Offer to Play Violin Music for Ferguson: here.
School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson. Michael Brown beat the odds by graduating from high school before his death — odds that remain stacked against black students in St. Louis and the rest of the country: here.
EASTON – Amid national protests over two police-involved deaths in New York and Missouri, the family of DJ Henry, who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, has been living their own protest since his death, Henry’s father said Sunday: here.
Hundreds took to the streets in São Paulo this Thursday, December 18 to protest against racial profiling and police violence against black people. More than just support for the rallies in the US that followed the deaths of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown and New York City’s Eric Garner — two unarmed black men killed by white police officers — Brazilian protesters wanted to underline the country’s own reality: black people are systematically targeted and slain by the Brazilian police: here.