Thursday 11th June 2020
More than two weeks after the death of George Floyd protests have continued around the world. Statues have become the centre of some protests – with people demanding the removal of statues related to colonialism. In the UK on Sunday a statue of a slave trader was toppled by protesters in Bristol, and at Oxford University people are demanding the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a colonialist who gave his name to Rhodesia – today’s Zimbabwe. Belgium is considering the removal of statues of King Leopold 2nd who colonized the Congo. In the United States statues of Christopher Columbus have been damaged in Boston and Virginia.
Yesterday, Philonise Floyd, the brother of George, spoke in the US congress …
“ I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother who you looked up to your whole entire life die, die begging for his mum. I’m tired. I’m tired of pain. I’m here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired. George called for help and he was ignored. Please listen to the call I’m making to you now. To the calls of our family. And the calls ringing on the streets around the world. People of all backgrounds, genders and races have come together to demand change. Honour them. honour George. And make the necessary changes to make law enforcement the solution and not the problem.”
Brazil has restored its coronavirus data, after a supreme court decision. People from all political backgrounds accused the government of trying to hide the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil has now confirmed almost 750,000 cases, the second highest in the world, despite testing rates being low. President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised nationally and internationally for not taking the pandemic seriously.
Mexico, Chile and Peru have all seen fast rises in cases in the last few days.
In Africa the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 200,000.
In Nigeria jihadist attacks have left at least 69 people dead. Over a hundred fighters attacked villages in the Northeast Borno state.
Burundi is in a state of mourning since the death of president Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday. African leaders have sent their wishes to Nkurunziza’s family and to Burundi. Nkurunziza was president since 2005.
Ethiopia has delayed its presidential election due to the coronavirus. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received an extra year in office.
In Europe anti-racism protests continued yesterday. Amsterdam saw thousands of protesters. And in the UK people in Bristol, York, London and Glasgow knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the time that George Floyd had a policeman’s knee on his neck.
In Sweden police will stop investigating the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1984. The main suspect Stig Engstrom, died in the year 2000.
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Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas has warned Israel against the annexation of parts of the West Bank. In a visit to Jerusalem yesterday, Maas said that annexing parts of the West Bank would violate international law.
In India a fire at an oil well has killed two firemen. 1,600 local families have been evacuated from in Assam state, and fire services say that it may take days to control the fire.
Bangladesh has said that it will not take back 300 Rohingya muslims who arrived illegally to Malaysia by boat. Bangladesh currently holds 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma where the United Nations has found evidence of human rights violations.
China has said that a study from Harvard Medical School is ‘ridiculous’. The Harvard study suggested that COVID19 may have started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in August and not December.
Also in China a tiny figure of a bird has been declared the oldest piece of art in Chinese history. The figure found in Hunan province is only 2cm long and made of bone. Experts say that it is 13,000 years old.