Protests and pandemic, troubled weekend in the US
Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Protests in over 20 cities for the murder of African-American George Floyd and the Covid-19 pandemic, which exceeds 104 thousand deaths, stand out as a troubled week ends in the United States.
According to local media reports, peaceful protests turned violent in some places where clashes with the police, shootings and looting took place.
Meanwhile, criticism continues against the message of President Donald Trump on the social network Twitter in which he threatened to use force against the participants in those demonstrations, whom he branded as 'thugs'.
A group of people gathered outside the White House last night as part of the rejection of Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday when a white police officer, during his arrest, compressed his neck with one of his knees.
Despite his calls for help and in front of witnesses, including other law enforcement officers who were also pressing on his body, Floyd said 'I can't breathe.'
The phrase is the one that they use in the mobilizations that cross the country and that remember the long list of deaths here, largely African-American, due to police excesses.
For more than five hours, protesters clashed with Secret Service officers outside the executive mansion. According to the reviews, at times, those present removed metal containment barriers and struggled against riot control.
CNN reported that in California there were concentrations in the cities of Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San José, Oakland and San Francisco; in Denver, Colorado; Atlanta Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Protests were also reported in New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colon, Ohio, among other cities.
In weekly news it was highlighted the announcement made by Trump on Friday, ending relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) the same day the United States exceeded 104,000 deaths from Covid-19.
The head of the White House affirmed in a press conference that his government will redirect the funds promised to the WHO to other entities responsible for world health.
Trump took that step despite the fact he received numerous criticisms when in April he froze for 60 days the financing destined to the entity, and after this month he threatened to make permanent that suspension of funds.
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