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George Floyd latest: Trump tells governors to ‘call in National Guard’

05.06.2020 (UTC/GMT Time)

  • Trump says ‘hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying: ‘This is a great thing’
  • French police have banned a protest in front of the US embassy Saturday

All times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)

16:24 South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) is launching a “Black Friday” campaign in response to Floyd’s “heinous murder” and “institutionalized racism” in the US, at home, in China and “wherever it rears its ugly head.

The campaign, which calls on South Africans to wear black on Fridays in solidarity, is also meant to highlight “deaths by citizens at the hands of security forces” in the country.

“The demon of racism remains a blight on the soul of our nation,” the ANC said in a statement.

South Africa remains one of the most racially divided countries in the world a quarter of a century after the racist system of apartheid. 

16:01 People around the world took to the streets again in protests related to Floyd’s killing. In Germany, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Frankfurt and Hamburg protested against racism, holding signs with slogans such as: “Your Pain Is My Pain, Your Fight Is My Fight.”

In London, several dozen people gathered in Trafalgar Square, with many in the British capital wearing masks and some kneeling in solidarity.

Demonstrators also gathered outside the US Embassy in Vienna, Austria, holding banners with slogans such as “There are no races just one species” and “Racism is the Real Virus.”

Several more protests are expected in Berlin, London, Brussels and Barcelona and Madrid in Spain on Saturday and Sunday. In Paris, French police have banned a planned demonstration in front of the US embassy on Saturday.

15:53 Washington Mayor Bowser announced the renaming 16th street near the White House to “Black Lives Matter plaza.” She posted a video on her Twitter account depicting a city worker changing the sign.

15:49 Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has ended a state of emergency in the American capital and called for Trump to remove federal forces from the district. 

“The protests have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest,” Bowser wrote in a letter she posted on her Twitter account.

“The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing black Americans.”

15:36 Earlier Friday, Twitter blocked a Trump campaign tribute video over a copyright claim, adding to a growing feud between the social media platform and the US president. The video, still visible on YouTube, contained pictures of Floyd and Trump soundbites calling his death a “grave tragedy” and stating “it should never have happened.”

15:05 Trump said he was “suggesting to some governors that are too proud … Don’t be proud. Get the job done. You’ll end up doing much better in the end, calling the National Guard. Call me.

“You have to dominate the streets. You can’t let what’s happening, happen,” he said in remarks at the White House Rose Garden.

15:01 US President Donald Trump has told a press conference that all citizens have to receive equal treatment from law enforcement. He appeared to suggest that the protests following Floyd’s death were now over.

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying: ‘This is a great thing happening for our country.’ A great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is great day for everybody.”

15:00 Welcome to DW’s rolling coverage of the protests sweeping the US and the rest of the world in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African American died in Minneapolis last week after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, despite crying out “I can’t breathe.” Since then, the US has experienced its worst civil unrest since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

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04.06.2020

George Floyd, an unarmed African America, died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” in police custody, according to an independent autopsy. His death has triggered a wave of protests.

  • New York becomes the latest city to impose a curfew
  • US President Donald Trump slams governors as “weak” and urges a crackdown on protests
  • The brother of George Floyd appeals for peace

All times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)

21:17 Recap: DW reporter Stefan Simons was shot at by police on Sunday, marking the second night in a row that law enforcement had deliberately targeted DW crew members with projectiles.

Simons, who was wearing a press jacket during both incidents, had identified himself as a journalist. Authorities also threatened to arrest him on Saturday.

This is not the first time that police have deliberately targeted members of the press. Last week, a CNN reporter was arrested while live on camera.

21:05 Outcry over the killing of George Floyd has gone international, with people taking to the streets in Berlin and London to show solidarity with US protesters. In Germany, soccer stars wore T-shirts and knelt in support. There have been protests outside the US embassy in Berlin while others are taking to art to express their solidarity.

21:00 Authorities in New York City imposed a curfew starting at 11:00 pm local time (0300 UTC) and ending at 05:00 am.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he had spoken to the city’s top law enforcement agent about “officers [who] didn’t uphold the values of this city and of the NYPD.”

Cuomo, however, turned his attention to rioting that occurred in parts of the city over the weekend.

“I stand behind the protesters and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment,” said Cuomo. “The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause.”

20:45 The family of George Floyd received an autopsy report showing that he died of suffocation. The finding contrasts an official ruling that he had died from pre-existing heart problems.

“Independent medical examiners who conducted an autopsy of Floyd Sunday determined that asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause of death,” said Ben Crump, a lawyer for the family.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed African American, during his arrest by a white police officer has triggered a wave of protests and riots across US cities.

20:40 George Floyd’s brother voiced support for the protests, but urged people to refrain from violence and destruction, saying that it is “not going to bring my brother back at all.”

“We still going to do this, peacefully,” Terrence Floyd said at a vigil in Minneapolis, leading protesters in a chant of “peace on the left, justice on the right.”

He added that although the protests “may feel good for the moment,” they are causing harm and may prevent political change. “He would not want you all to be doing this,” Floyd said.

Floyd’s message of peace stood in stark contrast to that of US President Donald Trump who berated state leaders as “weak” for not cracking down harder on protesters.

20:30 Welcome to DW’s rolling coverage of the protests sweeping the US in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African American died in Minneapolis last week after a police officer kneeled on his neck. Since then, the US has experienced its worst civil unrest since the assaniation of Martin Luther King Junior in 1968.

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