NEWS DIGEST 07.06.2020: George Floyd protests intensify

 

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This morning’s news digest is brought to you by Google News (UK edition). The United States has seen its biggest wave of demonstrations since the tragic death of George Floyd around twelve days ago, as tens of thousands come out to protest rampant racism, police brutality and social inequality.  In major cities such as the American capital Washington, people surged onto the streets and marched towards the White House, the seat of the country’s president. Demos were also reported under way in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Miami, as well as in many rural communities. Protests in solidarity were also taken or had taken place across Asia, Europe and Australasia – Live George Floyd protests: Biggest day of demonstrations in cities across the US (The Telegraph)

In the UK, Manchester saw a Black Lives Matter rally attended by thousands, BBC News reports, disregarding government warnings on avoiding crowds due to the coronavirus. On both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the protests were centred on the city’s Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said that the protests could pose a huge risk of a second wave of COVID-19 – George Floyd death: Thousands attend Manchester protest (BBC News)

Back in the US, widespread protests have seen reports flood in to the media of actions of police abusing their powers against BLM protesters with one newspaper reporting heavy use of tear gas, baton charges, pepper spray and physical attacks utilised against protesters. The reports were met with international condemnation and police forces are bracing for a barrage of lawsuits. Although some protests have been marred by incidences of looting and fighting with police, most have been peaceful, but that did not prevent police from using heavy force – Protests about police brutality are met with wave of police brutality across US (The Guardian)

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As Britain slowly works its way out of the coronavirus epidemic, the prime minister Boris Johnson has set out plans to rebuild the battered national economy as experts express concerns that the country has no real formative strategy to deal with a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections, Sky News reports. Fear is growing among ministers that millions of jobs may be lost if pubs and restaurants are not allowed to reopen this summer to stave off the likelihood of a recession, although medical experts have urged caution in ‘re-opening’ the country as infection rates are still high – Coronavirus: PM to set out plans to rebuild economy amid fears of lack of strategy over second surge (Sky News)

Interestingly, the PM also proposed speeding up the building of new hospitals as another way to boost the flagging economy. His ministers have been tasked with realising an election manifesto pledge to build forty new medical facilities, alongside a massive road improvement scheme – Boris Johnson speeds up hospital building to aid economy (The Telegraph)

 

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