Donald Trump violent photo op, satiric video


This 5 June 2020 satiric animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Operation Photo Op

And here I thought we wouldn’t have troops on the street until closer to the election. The George Floyd protests have laid bare the underlying horriffic racism that has marred the United States throughout our history. Of course, Donald Trump is definitely not the guy we want in office to help heal our country’s racial wounds.

A perfect storm of Trumpism happened when the administration ordered police and military forces to violently clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park next to the White House, just so Trump could make a show of holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church. The president finally behaved like one of the autocrats he admires. He’s a wannabe strongman who unfortunately just showed us he has the tools to be an actual strongman.

But it’s not just Trump, Attorney General William Barr, Jared Kushner and Mark Esper are all complicit in this attack on our democracy and their actions should not be laughed off as just “Trump being Trump”. In the United States, this sort of thing is illegal, I only hope our laws catch up with this band of criminals bent on undermining our democracy.

Stay safe, keep fighting for racial justice and watch out for troop deployments.

US cops shot dead black man passed out in a car the same day George Floyd was killed: here.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News promotes conspiracy theory that the mass anti-racist demonstrations are not caused by police brutality, but by the ‘Weather Underground’ (defunct in the 1970s): here. Probably, the puppets of anti-Semitic billionaire Rupert Murdoch base that on the fact that, today, there is a meteorological information internet site, called Weather Underground.

Anti-George Floyd police murder protests, worldwide


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.

Anti-racist demonstrators in London, England

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 KrollTrump’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.

Big anti-racism demonstrations in Dutch cities


This 5 June 2020 video is about the anti-racism demonstration in Utrecht 2020, a solidarity action with George Floyd, murdered in Minneapolis, USA.

This video is about today’s protest in Nijmegen. Many people, though the weather was bad.

This video is about today’s protest in Enschede. 500 people, in spite of pouring rain.

Racist police brutality in Donald Trump’s USA


This 5 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

PROTESTER RIGHTS: By ACLU Lawyer Emerson Sykes | NowThis

Heading out to a protest this week? Know your rights.

In US news and current events today, it’s your constitutional right to protest on public sidewalks, streets, and parks. This includes the right to picket, march, and hand out pamphlets or other printed material. Sometimes a permit is required — ACLU lawyer Emerson Sykes explains protester rights.

TRUMP SHARES LETTER CALLING PROTESTERS ‘TERRORISTS’ President Donald Trump shared a letter on Twitter from one of his attorneys that describes protesters outside the White House as “terrorists”. Trump said the letter from John Dowd was “of interest to the American people.” Dowd’s letter was about the use of force against largely peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, before Trump’s Bible-holding photo-op. [HuffPost]

Trump’s church photo has no American precedent. Does it have one in fascism?

What Trump (and Masha Gessen) can teach us about autocracy.

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS SUE BARR, TRUMP The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter sued the Trump administration for what the groups called an “unconstitutional” and “frankly criminal attack” on protesters outside the White House this week ahead of Trump’s church photo-op. The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of five demonstrators, comes after law enforcement used gas canisters and flash-bang grenades to disperse largely peaceful crowds gathered in Lafayette Square on Monday to protest the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE SECURITY BANNED CLERGY FROM HOLDING VIGIL  Federal security forces blocked clergy from having a prayer vigil in front of a Washington church on Wednesday ― the same church that President Donald Trump freely strode up to days earlier for his photo-op with a Bible. More than 100 interfaith clergy answered a call to gather outside St. John’s Church at Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House, for a prayer vigil on Wednesday afternoon. But an expanded security perimeter around the White House prevented the faith leaders from congregating on church property. [HuffPost]

The White House is now so heavily fortified it resembles a faraway autocrat’s compound.

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEIZES MASKS MEANT TO PROTECT PROTESTERS Law enforcement agents have seized hundreds of cloth masks that read “Stop killing Black people” and “Defund police” that a Black Lives Matter-affiliated organization sent to cities around the country to protect demonstrators against the spread of COVID-19, which has had a disparate impact on Black communities. The Movement for Black Lives spent tens of thousands of dollars on the masks. It’s not clear what law enforcement entity seized the masks or why. [HuffPost]

‘IT WAS A TRAP’: NYPD ROUGHS UP NEW YORKERS Just before New York’s 8 p.m. curfew Thursday, heavily armored NYPD officers on bicycles rushed a group of protesters in the Bronx who were demonstrating against police brutality. The officers charged with their batons out, Jake Offenhartz, a Gothamist reporter, tweeted. “Multiple people hit. Someone bleeding from the head,” he reported. “This wasn’t even a confrontation it was a trap.” The protesters were reportedly not violent, but with the 8 p.m. curfew in place, NYPD officers took it as their mandate to arrest everyone in sight, using brutal force to make sure they got the message. [HuffPost]

Jewish protestor, staples in head and arm broken on New York City streets, tells his story.

PROTESTER, 75, SHOVED BY THE POLICE, HITS HEAD ON CONCRETE Disturbing footage taken during a Buffalo, New York, protest shows police pushing a lone 75-year-old protester to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the concrete and bleed from the ear. Video shows the man approach the officers and speak to them. Two of the cops moved toward him, and at least one shoved him with his hand. The protester fell to the ground and audibly hit his head on the concrete, where he lay still and began to bleed from his ear. The officers stopped to look at him until another officer stepped in and directed them to keep walking. The man was later hospitalized in serious condition. Two cops were suspended. [HuffPost]

What to do if you’re hit by tear gas or pepper spray.

POLICE BUDGETS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN UNTOUCHABLE. THAT COULD CHANGE. Chants to “Defund the police!” have reverberated around the country, as thousands of people protested racist police violence this past week. The phrase is an acknowledgment of the fact that police departments typically have far more money than other government services that could better serve communities without subjecting them to brutality and violence. Black Lives Matter and other anti-police violence groups have been working to defund the police by cutting agencies’ budgets for years. And these efforts have gained momentum in the wake of recent outcries. [HuffPost]

MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT WANTS TO DISMANTLE THE POLICE The Minneapolis City Council will vote on a temporary order today to institute immediate changes to the police department that may include increased accountability and shifts in use-of-force policies. Council President Lisa Bender and Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison said they hoped to replace law enforcement with a “transformative new model of public safety,” calling such changes long “past due.” [HuffPost]

Cut LAPD by $150M, says L.A. mayor who sees struggle against police brutality as ‘Jewish’ one.

AIPAC hasn’t made a public statement about George Floyd. Activists are outraged.

AL SHARPTON ANNOUNCES MARCH ON WASHINGTON The Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd’s family are planning a march on Washington on Aug. 28. Sharpton announced the plan Thursday while delivering a eulogy for Floyd. “We’re going back to Washington,” Sharpton told the crowd, specifically addressing Martin Luther King III, who was in attendance. “That’s where your father stood in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial and said, ‘I have a dream‘… This is the era to deal with policing and criminal justice,” he added, noting the march would specifically be used to call for a federal policing equality act. [HuffPost]

HISTORIC ANTI-LYNCHING LEGISLATION BLOCKED BY RAND PAUL On the day of George Floyd’s funeral, as American cities continued to fill with protesters demonstrating for Black lives, Congress sought to pass a bill that would make lynching a federal crime. But one man, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (Republican), stood in the way. The bill, the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, named after the 14-year-old Black teenager who was brutally murdered in 1955, has broad bipartisan support. [HuffPost]

America’s legacy of lynching isn’t all history. Many say it’s still happening today.

George Floyd murdered, not forgotten


This 5 June 2020 Reuters news agency video from the USA says about itself:

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old to ground

Two Buffalo, New York, police officers were suspended without pay on Thursday after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, as protests over the police killing of George Floyd continued into their tenth night.

The victim is now, seriously injured, in a hospital.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today on this:

During last night’s protest, the elderly white man was brutally knocked to the ground. He sustained a head wound.

Police first said the man had stumbled. But when the video went public, police announced that an internal investigation would be conducted. …

After the man was knocked to the ground, the officers walked on and left him lying.

Austin, Texas police critically injure young protesters with “less lethal” beanbag rounds. By Matthew Taylor, 5 June 2020. College student Justin Howell was hospitalized on Sunday with a fractured skull and brain damage after being shot in the head while participating in a demonstration against police violence.

Anger over US police assault on Australian journalists in Washington DC. By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2020.

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest. By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020.

Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand. By Kevin Reed, 5 June 2020. Protests have taken place in more than 500 cities and towns across the US over the past ten days in the face of the deployment of riot police, the National Guard and Trump‘s threat of military intervention.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism. 5 June 2020. The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy: here.

Trump administration deploys unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C. By Zac Thorton, 5 June 2020. The appearance of largely unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C., has underscored the growing threat of a military takeover in the United States.

Thousands of US medical workers join protests against police violence. By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020. Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.

The rich are concerned with keeping their power and keeping the race thing going”. American workers voice support for mass protests against police brutality. By Evan Blake, 4 June 2020.

In this video, American football players protest against American football Big Business bosses not denouncing the murder of George Floyd and other racism, while punishing players for protesting against it (contrary to the bosses of FIFA, the world soccer league).

New details emerge in hearing for three charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery. By Matthew MacEgan, 5 June 2020. The judge in the Arbery case found probable cause against all three defendants and declared that all of their cases would move forward to trial.

Thousands protest in London against police killing of George Floyd. By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2020.

London demonstrator (credit: PoliticsJoe--twitter)

Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump’s coup d’état. By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020. After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.

German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence. By Jan Ritter and Noah Windstein, 5 June 2020. The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.

Anti-racism all over the world


This 4 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

D.C. Resident Opens Doors to Shelter 60+ Protesters in Home | NowThis

In US news and current events today, a Washington D.C. resident named Rahul Dubey was hailed as a hero after sheltering over 60 protesters in his home overnight, in order to prevent their arrest and potential assault by the police.

The Black Lives Matter protests that have sprung up in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have been met with a new onslaught of police brutality and police violence, but some kind citizens are stepping up to protect their fellow Americans from violence at the hands of the police.

After braving tear gas and rubber bullets during the George Floyd protests and BLM protests, the peaceful protesters were offered shelter in the home of Rahul Dubew, who even managed to have pizzas delivered during the Washington D.C. curfew. When the curfew lifted and the protesters were able to step outside, Dubey was met with cheers for sheltering the protesters in place and offering them sanctuary.

Journalists targeted with ‘brutal violence’ from US police as protests continue for eighth consecutive day: here.

By George Erdos in Britain, 5 June 2020:

21ST-CENTURY POETRY: Think Floyd by David Erdos

George Floyd’s final words
Read like one of the last Beckett poems;
His repeated pleas as they crushed him,
A broken bubble of air in his throat.

As Derek Chauvin stamped the life
From this man you could hear the sudden
Return of the jackboot, but on American soil;
That rebranding came with a police uniform

And blood moat. For this is the castle
They keep, whose gates were stormed
Right through to the weekend.
As opposition spread like wildfire

Thousands in Britain join anti-racist uprising. Crowds demand justice for George Floyd and an end to inequality in their own country: here.

Anti-racist demonstrators in Hyde Park, London, England

From daily News Line in Britain, 4 June 2020, about London:

35,000 WORKERS and youth rallied yesterday at Marble Arch, Speakers Corner, to insist that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and give their 100% support to the masses of US workers that are taking on Trump and the US gangster police after the police killing of George Floyd.

Bertie Cox, an Equity union actor, told News Line: ‘I will no longer sit in silence, justice needs to be done. The police have got away with it for years. They have like a “freedom pass” to do what they want, and that includes “killing”.’

Protesters at the Hyde Park rally

From daily News Line in Britain, 5 June 2020:

Stop arming US police – demands 250,000-strong petition to UK government

AFTER last Wednesday’s massive march demanding justice for George Floyd, over a quarter of a million people in the UK have intervened in the struggle in the US and signed a petition demanding the UK stop arming the American police with tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields.

The petition is growing at a rate of a thousand signatures a minute, according to the ‘Change.org’ site yesterday afternoon.

The Tories are coming under public and political pressure amid concerns that riot gear from the UK is being used on peaceful protesters and journalists in the US.

The protests against police brutality and racism have been sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of US cops. …

The viral petition comes as a group of MPs is also calling on the government to demand a halt to the exports. The list of MPs, co-ordinated by Labour MP Dawn Butler, will be published on Friday. Human rights campaigners add that where there is clear misuse of equipment, the UK is obliged by law to halt exports.

The petition, started by Mike West, says: ‘The UK cannot support a continuous breach of human rights and supply the USA with tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields that are being used against protesters.

‘By continuing the sale of these items, the UK is choosing profit over human rights and is unacceptable. Government records show it grants export licences worth millions of pounds for the sale of anti-crowd gas, riot equipment and other small arms to the US – but the government’s own rules say such exports should not go ahead where they are likely to be used for “internal repression”.’

Meanwhile, George Floyd’s family lawyer Benjamin Crump said in a statement: ‘With Officer Chauvin we believe it should be first-degree murder.’

Crump was reacting to the news that the charge against the officer who killed George Floyd has been elevated from third to second-degree murder.

First and second-degree murder under Minnesota law require proof that the defendant intended to kill.

First-degree in most cases requires premeditation, with second-degree more related to crimes of passion.

A third-degree murder conviction would not require proof that the defendant wanted the victim to die, only that their actions were dangerous and were carried out without regard to human life.

The three police officers involved with the death of George Floyd have now been charged as accomplices to murder.

However, Crump says that Officer Chauvin should be charged with murder in the first degree and that the three other officers should also be held accountable for that crime.

Crump said: ‘We are relieved that they have been upgraded to second-degree murder, but the attorney general has informed the family that the investigation is ongoing and if there is evidence to support a first-degree murder conviction they will charge it.

‘And so the family is relieved that Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has a track record for championing civil rights has moved expeditiously and arrested these officers before we memorialise George Floyd tomorrow here in Minnesota.

‘The family has always maintained that all four of the officers should be arrested for this horrific killing of Quincey’s father. The charges against the officers should be an aiding and abetting charge to the murder, or it should be a felony murder of some kind.

‘Because we know if you cooperate or participate in the commission of a crime, then you can be held accountable for that crime as well.

‘They do it to minorities all the time. So we want equal justice in America.’

Quincey Mason, George Floyd’s son, said: ‘I am here with my family and we demand justice. My father should not have been killed like this. We want justice.’

Calls for British government to stop selling tear gas to the US: here.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 3 June 2020:

Boris pressured to say BLM during PMQs as MPs challenged his silence over US

BORIS JOHNSON was pressured to say “black lives matter” today as he was challenged in the Commons over his silence on the uprising in the United States.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he was surprised that the PM had not mentioned the death of George Floyd more than a week after his killing.

Mr Starmer said he hoped the PM would raise it with President Donald Trump when they next speak and “convey the UK’s abhorrence” of Mr Trump’s response.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Belgium, several statues of King Leopold II have been defaced in recent days. This happened, eg, in Ekeren, Ghent, Brussels and Hasselt.

Leopold II was king from 1865 to 1909. Under his rule, there was a very violent colonial regime in what was then the Congo Free State in Central Africa. The black population was exploited and tortured. Millions of people were killed.

Due to the demonstrations in the United States, the protest against the former monarch in Belgium has flared up again. A petition has also been launched to remove all statues of Leopold II from the streets. It has already been signed more than 36,000 times.

Over 42,000 by now.

Big anti-racism protests in the Netherlands


This is a 4 June 2020 music video by Dutch rappers Bizzey & Akwasi. Their song Geen Wedstrijd is about the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the USA and about racism in the Netherlands. They ask everyone to donate money to Kick Out Zwarte Piet, one of two organisations which had organised the recent big anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam.

The Hague demonstrators

This photo shows some of the thousands, spatially distanced against COVID-19, on the big Malieveld lawn in The Hague on 2 June 2020.

This 4 June 2020 video is about the anti-racist demonstration in Arnhem. Though it rained, the square was full; but not so crowded that people were unable to spatially distance against the coronavirus.

Dutch NOS radio reports, translated:

Protest actions have been announced for tomorrow in, eg, Utrecht,

From 18.30 to 20.30 on the Jaarbeursplein square. The organisers ask participants to distance spatially and wear face masks and plastic gloves. Thousands are expected.

Enschede

Van Heekpark, 17.00

and Nijmegen

17.30 to 19.30, Goffertpark. Organisers ask everuyone to follow measures against coronavirus.

. People will take to the streets in Eindhoven

18 Septemberplein

and Tilburg

14.00 Schouwburgring

on Saturday. There will be a demonstration in Leeuwarden next Saturday

18.00

, activists report on social media.