On August 28 local time, tens of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., to hold the largest demonstration in Washington since the outbreak of the epidemic. The protestors gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial Hall to denounce a series of vicious incidents of recent violent law enforcement by American police against African Americans and called for ethnic equality.
On August 28, local time, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., denouncing police violence in law enforcement and calling for ethnic equality (photo: Reporter Wang Shuguang)
The US media pointed out that the parade coincided with the 57th anniversary of the famous speech “I have a dream” delivered by Martin Luther King, leader of the civil rights movement. At present, the United States is in a “nightmare”. At the same time, the media criticized that the performance of the White House and the U.S. government was “heartbreaking” despite strong public protests against racial discrimination and police violence.
According to the Washington Post, the United States is now in a “nightmare”
Now, like the American Nightmare, democracy is strangled
The march was carried out at the call of the older generation of civil rights leader, African American Baptist pastor Al Sharpton. The theme of the march was “take your knees off our necks” to protest against the recent vicious incidents of racial discrimination, violent law enforcement and even the killing of African Americans by the police.
Families of victims, including Jacob Blake, George Freud, Rashad Brooks, Ahmed aberry, Trevor Martin and Eric Garner, were invited to participate in the demonstration. Speaking at the Lincoln Memorial Hall, Sharpton called for a dialogue on racism
The theme of the protest in Washington on August 28 was “take your knee off our neck” (photo: Reporter Wang Shuguang)
Martin III, the son of black leader Martin Luther King, also made a speech at the rally. He said that the American people are now in a “broken” society. Although the day was the anniversary of the speech “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King, the United States is actually in a “nightmare” and “democracy is being locked in the throat by its knees”.
People participating in the March said that the discrimination and injustice in the United States must be “made public” and be tortured by the people. “This is not only a struggle between the two races, but also related to future generations. In order to ensure the safety of the next generation, the United States” must make changes. “.
According to the Wall Street Journal, protestors have said that the current discrimination and injustice in the United States must be tortured by the people
The victim is often unarmed when the law is locked and the back is attacked
Freud, an African American civilian, was subjected to violent law enforcement in Minnesota on May 25 this year. The white police put his knee on his neck for nine minutes and finally suffocated to death. The incident triggered large-scale protests across the United States, with major cities joining the fight for African Americans’ equal rights. However, one wave was not smooth, and another wave was repeated. On August 23, serious violent law enforcement incidents occurred again. On the same day, Jacob Blake, an African American resident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot at least seven times by the police when he opened the door of the car and fell in front of three children and fiancee in the car.
After the exposure of the incident, protests broke out immediately in Kenosha, and the confrontation between the protestors and the police escalated sharply. As of August 26, the chaos in Kenosha city has lasted for three days, and many buildings in the city have been burned. In addition, demonstrations broke out in Madison, Wisconsin, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and other places.
According to media reports, about 50000 people attended the day’s march in Washington (image source: The Wall Street Journal)
Public opinion generally believed that it was the inaction of local officials in kinosha that infuriated the public. According to reports, the local government made its first statement three days after the victim was attacked, and almost all the local authorities couldn’t get through to the phone. Zano Rodriguez, inspector of Kenosha’s City Council, said: “people call us and ask what the mayor is doing? What’s the sheriff doing? And we can only tell them that we don’t know because they didn’t inform us. “
In addition, media reports said Blake was taken to the hospital with upper body paralysis, but was still handcuffed to the hospital bed by the police. Blake’s father was “heartbroken” when he saw the picture. Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, angrily asked, “he is paralyzed and can’t walk. Why should he be handcuffed to his bed?” Justin believes that it is a great “insult” to Blake in this way.
Blake was taken to hospital with upper body paralysis, but was still handcuffed to his bed by police, CNN reported
NBA strike to protest racial discrimination, White House officials said: absurd, stupid
In support of Blake, NBA teams announced a strike on August 27. Up to now, many American sports stars have denounced racial discrimination and violent law enforcement in the United States. CNN commented that it is rare for professional sports teams to make a decision to withdraw before the competition.
Although there are NBA teams in such a high-profile way to arouse people’s attention to the civil rights movement and social injustice, the White House officials even scorned to comment on this, thinking that the player’s protest is “absurd” and “stupid”. Former head of White House legislative affairs and head of the office of current Vice President Mike burns