RNA – In an exclusive report for Rasa News Agency, Harun Elbinawi, a Nigerian activist and public affairs analyst, expressed his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-the American man, who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020, after allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market.
While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white the American Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. According to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.
After Floyd’s death, demonstrations and protests in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area were initially peaceful on May 26, and later that day became violent as a police precinct and two stores were set on fire, and many stores were looted and damaged. Some demonstrators skirmished with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Additional protests developed in over 200 cities throughout all 50 states in the United States as well as internationally.
In this regard, Mr. Binawi told Rasa News Agency:
What is presently happening in the United States after the murder of George Floyd are not riots as the heavily compromised mainstream media wants us to believe. This is a popular uprising by the oppressed American people. This issue transcends the murder of a single black man by the racist the American police.
Yesterday, an African-American brother who is a follower of Shaykh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, sent me a video clip of a protest. They were chanting “Allahu Akbar.” That brought tears to my eyes. He said they plan to raise the banner of Shaykh Zakzaky today, I advised him that it is not necessary. I told him this is a popular uprising and they should play an active part in the liberation of the oppressed people in the United States. He requested our prayers.
Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday [June 31] as major American cities were put under curfew to suppress the uprising as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at the police brutality.
Washington, the capital of the United States is on fire, the coward President Donald Trump is hiding in a bunker, numerous major cities are protesting the heinous crimes and atrocities of the security forces, the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading fast and more than 100,000 people have died and there are more than 40 million unemployed people. This is a brief summary of what is happening in the United States today.
If Trump was the leader of a hostile Middle Eastern country, the racist and genocidal American regime would demand he step down. This is the modus operandi of the imperialist American regime.
It is important to note the total silence of Western European countries. They are birds of the same feather. Racism is systematically embedded in Western civilization of which white supremacy is the ultimate goal.
The arrogant leaders of the West do not even acknowledge that systematic racism exists in their societies and Western environments are infested with hate for all non-white. Acknowledgement is the first step towards finding a lasting solution to this problem.
We fully support the American uprising, strongly condemn the brutalities and naked racism of the American police forces and offer condolences for the glorious martyrs of this uprising.
Rasa News Agency