The protests that erupted over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has changed the way US sees itself
Why are there so many people in the United States who understand they have nothing to lose? Why are hundreds of thousands in the streets willing to risk infection and arrests, in order to join the protests?
Following the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis and the outbreak of protests across the US, people across the world have mobilized in solidarity and to raise the banner of anti-racism in their own contexts
Eugene Puryear of BreakThrough News talks about the sentiment on the ground in the United States where voices that have been marginalized are coming to the fore. He explains the nature and demands of the #DefundThePolice campaign and also talks about the possibilities in the coming weeks and months when it comes to organizing.
Heavy police presence and even the National Guard has been deployed to contain the curfew defying protestors. Use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and other aggressive measures has been widely reported.
The charges against Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died, have been upgraded to second-degree murder while his fellow former officers face charges of aiding and abetting murder