By Nick Visser, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:
This Black Lives Matter Photo Should Be Seen Around The World
A woman’s peaceful act of resistance is reminiscent of Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man.”
07/10/2016 08:26 pm ET | Updated 5 hours ago
While there are similarities with the well-known video from 1989 in Beijing, China there is a difference as well. During that bloody crackdown on anti-Chinese government protesters, the tanks stopped in order not to hurt the demonstrator. While the Louisina woman’s peaceful protest did not stop the police from arresting her.
A photo of an unnamed protester at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has become a powerful image of the ongoing struggle between law enforcement and black Americans.
More than 100 people were arrested during a protest outside the city’s police headquarters on Saturday following the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store last week. At least three journalists were arrested, as was prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.
The woman in the image above, which was taken by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman, was among those arrested for refusing to leave an area highway. Emblematic of Tiananmen Square’s infamous and unknown “Tank Man,” neither Reuters or the Associated Press were able to identify the woman, who was later detained.
Bachman told The Atlantic police in riot gear were moving protesters off the Airline Highway to the side of the road when he saw the woman calmly plant her feet and refuse to leave. He said, for the most part, the demonstrations in the city have been peaceful and the woman’s actions reflected that:
It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand. To me it seemed like: You’re going to have to come and get me. And I just thought it seemed like this was a good place to get in position and make an image, just because she was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear.
Protesters gathered in a number of cities around the U.S. this weekend following the shooting deaths of Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis. Hundreds were arrested as protesters in the Twin Cities shut down I-94, a major highway … . Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Update: the woman on the photo is nurse Ieshia Evans, demonstrating for the first time ever in her life.
See also here.
HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY “Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators.”
Large demonstrations continued across the United States over the weekend sparked by recent police murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and New York City. The new wave of protests followed the release of video footage showing police shooting and killing unarmed black men on Tuesday and Wednesday: here.