Over 400 Candles Spell Out ‘I Can’t Breathe’ In Brisbane As City Commemorates George Floyd’s Death, Indigenous Australians Too

The Oasis Reporters

June 5, 2020


Over 400 candles spell out, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ in honour of George Floyd at a vigil in Brisbane Australia.

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota has triggered a worldwide solidarity protest with protesters in the cities of the world, all condemning embedded racism and police brutality the world over.

History entered trackback mode to exhume cases of diverse acts of brutality against ethnic minorities in other nations and cities.

While commemorating the Minnesota killing, Australian citizens in the city of Brisbane, have lit more than 400 candles that spelt out ‘I Can’t Breathe’ during a vigil, as they equally remembered indigenous Australians who have died in large numbers in police custody, killed by police officers who are mainly white.

Britain colonized Australia and New Zealand where they usually extradited British outlaws and convicts to, being a continent away from Victorian England. The British outlaws and more often, criminals grew and dominated the country by mainly killing off the indigenous populations to take over their land and resources because they had superior weaponry.

The disadvantaged ethnic minorities have come a long way and the rump of them still left are mounting a civil push back against the dominating whites, through the use of their own television and radio stations, making their voices heard.

In another development, powerful tribute was rendered to the memory of George Floyd in Denver, Colorado as demonstrators lit up their cellphones for just 9 minutes in front of the Colorado State Capital.

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Abc News reports that George Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest, and also tested positive for COVID-19, as autopsy report shows. Meanwhile, protests which have been largely peaceful, have continued this week.A few pockets of violence have however been reported.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced more charges over George Floyd’s death, over “strong evidence”, enabling him to file an amended complaint against Derek Chauvin and issue arrest warrants for the others.

The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.

Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.

Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.

At least 9,300 people have been arrested across the country.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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