Ceremony in memory of George Floyd, whose death under the knee of a white police officer sparked a deep wave of anger across the United States, will take place in Minneapolis on Thursday after a quieter night in the country than previous ones .
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A large crowd is expected in the early afternoon at North Central Christian University to pay a first public tribute to the 46-year-old African American who died of asphyxiation on May 25 during his arrest.
Reverend Al Sharpton, a figure in the civil rights movement, will deliver a eulogy in this big city in the state of Minnesota.
“I can see the sun starting to rise on a new day for the maintenance of order,” he said on Thursday morning optimistically on MSNBC after meeting the day before family of the victim.
Another ceremony in memory of George Floyd is scheduled for Saturday in Raeford, in his hometown of North Carolina, before his funeral on Monday in Houston, Texas, where he grew up before joining Minneapolis in the north of the country.
No major incident
Filmed by a passer-by, the slow agony of the father, immobilized on the ground for almost nine minutes under the knee of the white policeman Derek Chauvin despite his pleas – “I cannot breathe” – caused a climate of tension that the States United had not known since the 1960s and the movement for civil rights.
Demonstrations, sometimes degenerating into looting and violence, took place daily throughout the country to denounce police brutality, racism and social inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the emotion crossed the borders of the United States, several large American cities, from Los Angeles to New York, while passing by the federal capital, Washington, decreed night curfews to try to contain the overflows.
Police have made a total of nearly 10,000 arrests in the country in recent days, according to an estimate reported by American media.
But after more than a week of violence, the night from Wednesday to Thursday turned out to be quieter overall, with no major incidents to be regretted, after the death of George Floyd was reclassified as “murder” and that the three other police officers involved in his arrest were charged.
” PUBLIC ORDER! “
Charged by the Democratic opposition for throwing fuel on the fire by threatening to use the army to check the streets, Donald Trump continues to want to be firm.
” PUBLIC ORDER! He tweeted again in the early hours of Thursday morning in capital letters in what will certainly be one of the themes of his re-election campaign until the presidential election on November 3.
One of his former ministers struck him head-on on Wednesday, accusing him of wanting to “divide” America.
“In my lifetime, Donald Trump is the first president who does not try to bring the Americans together, who does not even pretend to try,” wrote a former defense minister in a column for The Atlantic. Jim Mattis, who had resigned to protest the withdrawal of American troops from Syria.
His successor at the head of the powerful Pentagon, Mark Esper, himself distanced himself from Donald Trump on Wednesday by saying he was opposed to the idea of deploying the army in the big cities of the United States to curb the vast movement of current protest.