Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
Protests continue in the United States, more than one week since the killing of George Floyd. 18,000 national guard soldiers have been activated already. Donald Trump has threatened to use the military to end violent protests. Presidential candidate Joe Biden criticised Donald Trump for his handling of the protests. He said that the president should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. He also referenced, Bull Connor, a politician of the sixties, who encouraged the use of attack dogs on black protesters…
“ The president of the United States must be part of the solution, not the problem. When he tweeted that protestors, quote, would be greeted with the most vicious dogs, when people would have been really hurt” end of quote. They weren’t the words of a president, they were the kind of words Bull Connor would have used unleashing his dogs on innocent women and children”.
In Paris a protest of around 19,000 people became violent last night. Fires were started and police used tear gas to separate protesters. In Canada, it seemed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t know what to say, when asked about US president Trump. When Trudeau was asked by a reporter how he felt about Trump’s actions, Trudeau was silent for 20 seconds, before giving this response…
“We all watch in horror and consternation what is going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen, a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges. That black Canadians and racialised Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day.”
In Latin America over a million COVID19 cases have now been confirmed. Mexico has passed 10,000 deaths. Peru, Chile and Colombia have seen fast rises in the last few days.
Venezuela has introduced new petrol prices. Petrol will now cost around 50 dollar cents a litre, slightly less than in the United States. For the last few years petrol has been almost free, however, petrol production has collapsed under the control of the current government. Venezuela has large oil reserves but has lost its ability to produce petrol. Petrol sold today, has been supplied by Iran.
Argentina continues to try to restructure its international debt. In 2018 Argentina was given the biggest loan in the history of the International Monetary Fund – 57 billion dollars. In 2001 Argentina defaulted on its debt, leading to a fast rise in poverty. Argentina now has 2 weeks to negotiate how it will repay its loans.
China. There is evidence that China did not share all its data on coronavirus with the World Health Organization. The Associated Press have reported that WHO officials were complaining in January that China was hiding information. Last week the United States said that it would cut all connections with the WHO. Yesterday, head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom said that he hoped that collaboration with the United States would continue…
“I will conclude by saying that we have received questions about Fridays announcement by the president of the united states of America. The world has long benefited from the strong collaborative engagement with the government and the people of the United States. The US government and its people s contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense. And it has made great difference in public health all around the world. It is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue.”
A quick look at the rest of Asia…
In Afghanistan there has been a bomb attack in a mosque. No group has claimed responsaibilty for the attack in Kabul that killed 2 people. In the Indian state of Assam, at least twenty people have been killed in landslides.
In Bangladesh, there has been a coronavirus death at Cox’s Bazaar, the refugee camp for Rohingya muslims from Myanmar. 800,000 people live in the refugee camp, in poor conditions.
Indonesians will not take part in this year’s Islamic Hajj Pilgramage in Saudi Arabia. Over 200,000 Indonesians go to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage each year, but coronavirus concerns will stop them from travelling until 2021.
In Kenya there were some protests in support of the demonstrations in the United States. People gathered outside the US embassy in Nairobi. They also protested killings by police in Kenya. It is believed that 21 people have been killed by police in Kenya this year.
In South Africa the meat of antelopes is being donated to poor families. Some antelope must be killed in South Africa to stop them from multiplying. Local charities are helping to distribute the meat with vegetables.