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The worst of worlds in the USA: violent protests and epidemic

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The worst of worlds in the USA: violent protests and epidemic

Anyone who is minimally decent has a knot in their stomach when they watch the video in which a police officer holds George Floyd under his knee with his neck for eight minutes. When he takes it off, he's already dead.

And anyone, in ditto conditions, repudiates the wave of violent protests, with looting, fires and the invasion of the police station in Minneapolis, the city on the Mississippi River just north of the United States.

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Floyd's death came at a terrible time: the epidemic of the new coronavirus still has important outbreaks in the interior of the country, moods are rising as the November presidential election approaches and Donald Trump is not exactly a peacemaker.

Trump did everything according to the manual: he lamented the “revolting and tragic” death, put the FBI, the Justice Department to investigate whether the crime could enter the federal sphere and offered help to Minneapolis governor Tim Waltz to control the situation.

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Everything in the Trump language: "Any difficulty and we will take control, but when the looting starts, the shots start".

Twitter, at war with the president, censored Trump for the tweet that “violates our policy regarding the glorification of violence”.

If I were to censor all the tweets related to the case by the same criterion, few would be left.

During the current president's three and a half years, there were fewer cases similar to that of George Floyd, with revolting images and violent reactions, compared to the Obama administration, which saw the Black Lives Matter movement born.

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Today, the movement is relatively less aggressive than Antifa, the hooded ones who act with the same violent tactic as the Black Bloc.

The two groups, in addition to ordinary protesters, plus the occasional profiteers who take the opportunity to loot commercial establishments, promoted the two days in a row of violent protests that culminated in the fire at the police station.

The case is now in the most dangerous moment.

The authorities cannot lose control, at the risk of no longer guaranteeing the security of ordinary citizens. To regain control, only with the legitimate use of force. And the use of force, even if justified, provokes more protests.

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The wave is spreading to other American states.

Seven people were shot in Kentucky and the government headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, was invaded.

There is no more explosive issue in the United States than racial and acute political polarization fuels the most harmful type of protest – which politically manipulates the natural upheaval of such cases.

What happened to George Floyd? As is common in these episodes, the case started with a banal offense.

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Floyd tried to slip a counterfeit $ 20 bill into a store in town. An official called the police and, from there, videos made by passersby tell the story.

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who subjugated Floyd, only tragically took action at the end of the intervention.

Floyd, a very tall and strong man, was approached in a car, handcuffed and leaning against the wall. He complained a lot, but did not offer the kind of resistance that justifies the use of force.

When he was going to be transferred to a police car, trying to oppose it, Chauvin interfered and dominated him with his knee tightening his neck.

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Floyd said several times, "I can't breathe." At a certain point, he groaned: "Mama, mama".

The four policemen were expelled, which obviously did not end the matter.

Today is going to be a day when a lot can happen in the United States. In the best of worlds, the almost unanimous desire for justice to be served would be reflected in non-violent protests.

At worst, what has already happened in Minneapolis will be overwhelmed by far greater acts of the kind of violence that do not bring justice, only misery for citizens who lose trades and protection due to all.

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