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Friday 5th June 2020.

Yesterday was the funeral of George Floyd, a black man killed by 4 white policemen in Minneapolis. There was a silence of 8 minutes 45 seconds, the time that policeman Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck. Reverand Al Sharp spoke at the funeral, connecting Floyd’s death to systemic racism in the United States…

“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folds. Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our necks. We were smarter than the underfunded schools you put us in, but you had your knee on our necks. We could run corporations and not hustle in the street, but you had your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, we could do whatever anybody else could do, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck."


Nicaragua may have a much higher coronavirus death toll than officially reported. AlJazeera has reported that the government has deliberately covered up coronavirus deaths. While other countries had lockdowns, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ordered Schools and businesses to remain open.


Mexico and Brazil have reported records for daily coronavirus deaths. Mexico reported over a thousand coronavirus deaths yesterday, and Brazil, over 1,300. The daily rate of infection continues to rise in Mexico and Brazil, and testing rates remain low. Chile has extended the lockdown of the capital Santiago.


Asia

In India 3 people have died after cyclone Nisarga hit the West coast. More than 100,00 people were evacuated, however, India’s biggest city, Mumbai, was mostly untouched.


The Philippines. The United Nations human Rights office has called for an investigation into the war on drugs. Human rights groups have claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has encouraged extrajudicial killings by the police.


In Hong Kong, people defied a ban on protests yesterday, to remember the Tiananmen square massacre of 1989. Every year people light candles in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. The police banned this year’s event, because of coronavirus measures, however, tens of thousands of people arrived anyway…

“ I think it’s the responsibility to keep this ceremony going on, because if we don’t come out today, we don’t even know if we can still come out next year . And its important to et the world know that our strong stance against authoritarian governments. And I don’t want the victims of the June 4th to know that we have forgotten their sufferings, and that’s why im here.”


Taiwan also held a memorial service for the Tiananmen square massacre. Thousands of students and protesters were killed by the Chinese government on 4th June 1989. Yesterday legislation was passed in Hong Kong, making it illegal to mock China’s national anthem.


Africa

In Senegal there were protests yesterday against coronavirus restrictions. In the capital Dakar and the second city Touba, people started fires and threw stones at the police. There is a curfew in Senegal which will stop people from being outside at night until the end of June. Senegal has been praised by the international community for its success in fighting the coronavirus.


In Libya the United Nations backed government says that it has taken complete control of the capital Tripoli, after weeks of fighting against the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar. Yesterday GNA leader Fayez-al-Sarraj went to Turkey, where he talked to president Erdogan. Turkey has been helping the GNA, while Russia, the UAE and France have in some way supported Khalifa Haftar. both the GNA and Haftar have said that they are ready for talks.


Europe

Hungary marked one hundred years since the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire yesterday. Flags across Hungary were flown a half-mast. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the most powerful nations in Europe at the end of the 19th century, but it was divided at the end of the first world war.


In Spain, a group of men known as the ‘manada’ or wolfpack, have been convicted of a second sexual aggression. The men were made famous in 2016 after the gang rape of a girl in Pamplona. They have now been convicted of a second sex crime in Cordoba 2 months before.


Mexican scientists have discovered a site of the Ancient Mayan civilization. The scientists believe it is the largest and oldest structure built by the Mayans, ever to be found. The buildings were probably made of earth and clay, and was built 3 thousand years ago.

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