This 6 June 2020 Australian TV video says about itself:
Australians turn out for Black Lives Matter protests around the country | ABC News
Thousands are taking to the streets for protests against Indigenous deaths in custody and to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia’s capital cities, despite warnings from governments and police to stay home.
Australian governments try to block demonstrations against police violence. By Oscar Grenfell, 6 June 2020. The bans and police threats are outright attacks on the right to protest, a basic democratic right, aimed at establishing a precedent for suppressing mounting social and political opposition.
Sydney Black Lives Matter rally organisers win last-minute appeal to overturn ban by the government: here.
THE WORKING class internationally has risen up in anger over the police murder of George Floyd in the US. The burning issue over police killings and the Black Lives Matter movement has rapidly spread around the United States and around the globe. In Australia yesterday, the capitalist government declared this weekend’s Black Lives Matter protest illegal, threatening fines and arrests. They see it rightly as a threat to Australian capitalism: here.
The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world. 6 June 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand: here.
Brazil’s President Bolsonaro calls demonstrators “terrorists”, threatens military repression. By Miguel Andrade, 6 June 2020. General Hamilton Mourão viciously attacked protests against the murder of George Floyd and social inequality, calling for the arrest of demonstrators.
Encouraged by Trump, police rampage leaves protesters dead and wounded across the US. By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2020. Demonstrators have been teargassed, pepper-sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and beanbags, and beaten by rampaging police.
Four Tacoma, Washington police officers put on administrative leave three months after killing Manuel Ellis. By Julio Patron, 6 June 2020. Ellis, a father of two, could be heard on dispatcher radio calling out “I can’t breathe” after being brutally detained and handcuffed by the police.
Police kill unarmed 22-year-old man in Vallejo, California. By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020. Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.
Workers in Detroit and across Michigan support anti-police violence protests. By Stephen Fuller and Kevin Reed, 6 June 2020. Michigan workers, including 200 health care workers from Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, demonstrated against police violence this week.
“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”. US autoworkers denounce police violence, Trump’s moves to impose military dictatorship. By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020. The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.
New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover. By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020. In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops”, the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.
This photo shows anti-racist demonstrators on Trafalgar Square in London, England. They distance spatially, against COVID-19; and take a knee, like Colin Kaepernick.
By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 5 June 2020:
Anti-racists take the knee in London despite Met Police’s warnings it is ‘unlawful’
ACTIVISTS got down on one knee in London’s Trafalgar Square today against institutional racism, despite police warnings that such mass demonstrations could be “unlawful” during coronavirus restrictions.
What rank hypocrisy to now suddenly discover the coronavirus. While the police does not arrest any bosses making workers doing non-essential work exposing them to coronavirus. While the British Conservative government makes a mess of coronavirus response, killing ten thousands of people; as it tells footballers to play matches where they and their families may get infected; tells teachers and pupils to go to schools where they may get infected; and tells workers to go back to non-esential dangerous workplaces.
The protest in tribute to George Floyd, who was murdered by US police, is one of many that have taken place across Britain over the week.
Demonstrators knelt two metres apart in the shadow of Nelson Mandela’s statue, wearing masks and carrying placards condemning racism and brutality.
Mass protests erupt across Canada against police brutality and Trump. By our reporters, 6 June 2020. Protesters denounce Canadian police brutality and racism, following the US police murder of George Floyd.
US arrests surpass 10,000 as mourners gather for George Floyd memorial: here.
Bob Kroll — Trump’s racist policeman. The people of Minnesota believe that the racism in the police emanates directly from the president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, writes PETER FROST.
By John Wight in Britain, 5 June 2020:
When fascism comes to America
“WHEN fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving the cross,” is a quote commonly, if erroneously, attributed to the novelist Sinclair Lewis.
Yet regardless of its provenance, the quote appears eminently applicable to the upheaval taking place across the Atlantic. There, since the murder of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis, thousands have been in open revolt against a system whose foundations – not of democracy and liberty but organised violence and white supremacy – have been exposed as they never have been since the 1960s.
Then, as now, there was no middle ground. People were obliged to take a stand on the side of the black and brown victims of racial oppression or on the side of their oppressor, the forces of racism.
“I didn’t receive one warning”. Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C. By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020. The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.
This 6 June 2020 Australian TV video is called Washington mayor paves the road to the White House with ‘Black Lives Matter’ | 7NEWS. It says about itself:
In an apparent rebuke of US President Donald Trump’s militaristic response to protests over police brutality, Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser has renamed a street in front of the White House ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’ and had the slogan painted in huge yellow letters on the road.
No officer should be untouchable in the eyes of the law. It’s time to end the practice of “Qualified Immunity.”
Call on your elected officials to end this policy: ADD YOUR NAME >>
End Qualified Immunity. Add Your Name
Protestors have flooded the streets, calling out the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery – bringing the nation’s attention once again to the epidemic of police violence against Black Americans.
Many are saying that we have “been here before.” But we haven’t.
With each new video of these horrifying killings and assaults, we move to a different place. Protests across the nation have become multiracial, and there is a righteous anger that can be felt far and wide. We need to harness the energy of this moment to strike down policies like “qualified immunity,” which allow officers like Derek Chauvin to believe that they are untouchable in the eyes of the law.
Now is the time to demand action from our elected officials and upend this system of state-sanctioned killing. Call on your elected officials to end “qualified immunity.” ADD YOUR NAME >>
The concept of “qualified immunity,” a defense that shields officials from the unforeseeable consequences of their reasonable acts, has been interpreted by courts so expansively that it now provides near-impunity for police officers who engage in unconstitutional acts of violence.
In the case of Breonna Taylor, who today should be celebrating her 27th birthday, it allowed officers to claim that they didn’t foresee the consequences of breaking into her apartment in plain clothes, in the middle of night, and being mistaken for intruders. When Breonna’s boyfriend shot at what he believed to be home invaders, the police fired dozens of bullets in “self-defense,” killing Breonna in her home.
Lola, it is clear to anyone how these unannounced officers would have been perceived as home intruders. But because too many officers believe they are protected by “qualified immunity,” they recklessly put Black lives at risk.
NO MORE. Let’s make it clear that the blanket impunity of “qualified immunity” MUST come to an end. Add your name and let Congress know that the time has come to end this unjust policy. >>
With you in solidarity,
Sherrilyn A. Ifill
President and Director-Counsel
P.S. Breonna should be celebrating her birthday with her friends and family. But as of today, not a single charge has been filed against the officers who took her life. Please, call on your elected officials to upend this system of state-sanctioned killing. ADD YOUR NAME
Government announcement: “There is no truth in the rumour that Boris Johnson has made visa concessions, that will allow 3 million oppressed black people from the U.S. to settle in the U.K. on the same terms as the oppressed from Hong Kong.
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