World Criticizes American Police Brutality
The explosion of protests and brutal police crackdowns in the wake of George Floyd’s suffocation by police in Minneapolis, USA unfolds the sordid saga of the country leadership putting “race” in front of its ideals of liberty, equality and democracy.
National Guard troops replacing the police personnel used flash-bang bombs, tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse a peaceful demonstration protesters outside the White House. Even as that was happening, US President Trump described protests as ‘terror’, threatening to deploy military.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry made a point Monday to criticize the U.S. in English amid ongoing protests over police killings of black people. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “The protests once again reflect the racial discrimination in the U.S., the serious problems of police violent enforcement and the urgency of solving these problems.”
Russia said the United States had systemic human rights problems, criticism that followed a pattern dating to the Cold War. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the arrests and assaults on journalists were “very concerning.” Zimbabwe summoned the U.S. ambassador over U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien’s allegation that Harare could be one of several foreign adversaries taking advantage of the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party, which is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, described itself as “157 (years old) and Antifa (militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists).