Worldwide Protests Against Racism Spread to Over 200 Cities & Global News

by Debra Brown

Worldwide Protests Against Racism

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Worldwide Protests Against Racism Spread to Over 200 Cities

Protests against police violence continue across the country. Thousands have been arrested, including 2,000 people in Los Angeles alone. At least 40 cities imposed curfews and National Guard members have been activated in at least 23 states and Washington, DC. 

Donald Trump called for the military to be deployed to “dominate” protesters, and demanded states do more to stem “acts of domestic terror.”

Protests have also spread across the globe, reaching France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, among many other countries. The European Union’s top diplomat said the EU is “shocked and appalled” by George Floyd’s killing, calling it “an abuse of power” by police. 

In Paris, the 2016 death of Adama Traoré, 24, has been likened to the killing of George Floyd in the US, whose death has sparked protests across the country.

Two separate autopsies confirmed George Floyd’s death was a homicide. The officer, Derrick Chauvin, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers who were also at the scene have been fired but not charged. 

NBC News reports that Minneapolis police records show officers used neck restraints over 230 times over the last five years and made at least 44 people unconscious.


Covid-19 Updates Around the World 

More than 6.3 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide, including at least 380,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A Rohingya refugee has died in Bangladesh in the first Covid-19-related fatality at the world’s largest refugee camp, the United Nations agency charged with protecting refugees said.

India cases surge, the country reported nearly 9,000 new Covid-19 infections today, the highest single-day spike that pushes its total over 200,000 cases. Only six countries have officially confirmed more cases than India.

In the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases doctor, said they should have 100 million doses of one candidate Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year. The plan is to manufacture doses of the vaccine even before it is clear whether it works, he said.


Federal Lawsuit Accuses Houston Immigration Officers Of Rape

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, a Mexican woman said she was sexually assaulted and impregnated at an immigrant detention facility in Houston hours before she was deported to Mexico.

The unidentified woman is suing private corrections company CoreCivic for punitive damages. CoreCivic runs and operates the facility where the alleged sexual assault took place and is one of the largest private prison companies in the United States. 

CoreCivic receives millions of dollars to run and operate the Houston Processing Center. Neither CoreCivic nor ICE would comment on the pending litigation, but both said in written statements that they have a zero-tolerance policy on sexual assault. 

A report from the advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants named the Houston Processing Center as the immigrant detention center with the second-highest number of sexual or physical abuse calls to an ICE reporting hotline from October 2012 and March 2016. 

Nationally, 14,700 complaints were lodged against ICE about sexual or physical abuse from January 2010 to July 2016, Freedom for Immigrants reported, citing data from the Office of Inspector General.

The federal government received more than 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities, including an increase in complaints while the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border was in place.


Louisville Police Chief Fired After Black Man Is Shot To Death

Louisville, Ky., resident David McAtee was shot and killed during a police response to a curfew violation. The body of David McAtee laid in the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, for over 12 hours. Both police and National Guard members were on the scene and fired shots. The incident has led to the firing of the police chief.

McAtee, who was black, operated a barbecue business nearby the shooting. No protests were taking place there, but the National Guard and Louisville police were called in to respond to a large gathering and enforce the city’s 9 p.m. curfew.

State and local leaders called for the release of police body-camera footage, but Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that officers on the scene had not activated their body cameras. Fischer also said that Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad was relieved of command in the wake of the shooting. Conrad was already due to retire amid criticism related to the controversy surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor in March. Seven people were shot at a protest in Louisville, Ky., as tensions there continued to escalate over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

The Louisville Metro Council is demanding that Mayor Greg Fischer “put any and all necessary resources” into the police department’s Public Integrity Unit to finish its investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by the end of the week.


UK’s PM Offers Visa Relaxation to 3 million Hong Kong People

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the United Kingdom will consider revisions in its immigration rules, giving more Hong Kong residents a path to residency and citizenship, amid China’s plan to impose a new national security law in the city.

“If China imposes its national security law, the British government will change our immigration rules,” Johnson wrote in an opinion piece published in the South China Morning Post.

Among the changes, he is proposing is the authorization for Hong Kong residents carrying British National Overseas passports to have visa-free access to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months, instead of the current six-month limit.

The proposal would also give those passport holders “further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship”.

The United States had earlier announced that it was stripping Hong Kong of its special status in response to the security bill because it no longer believed the territory had autonomy.


Primary Election Day in 8 States and D.C. 

CBS News projects Joe Biden has 1,912 delegates, just shy of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. With results still coming in from the June 2 primaries, Biden could clinch the nomination soon. Biden picked up wins in Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota, CBS New projects.

After years of incendiary racist comments and other issues that lost him the support of many Republican Party leaders, conservative Iowa Rep. Steve King has lost his bid for reelection to a primary challenge by GOP state Sen. Randy Feenstra, the Associated Press projects.


Image credit: NY Times


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