There are Floyd protests around the world….
There are those smiling and watching their TV’s shaking their heads at the mighty American’s marching in the streets and lighting fires and looting the own neighbourhoods…
Some are worried about friends and relatives…
Some are trying to figure out how to take advantage of the giant that is preoccupied and turning inward…
And there are those who had President Donald Trump lecture them , chuckle at reports of him hiding in the White House basement….
The world is watching closely as chaotic protests against police brutality convulse U.S. cities. And authoritarian leaders, so often on the receiving end of American lectures on human rights, seemed thrilled at the opportunity to seize the moral high ground.
Around the globe, media reported on the huge public demonstrations in cities across America, with a particular focus on the strict curfew orders in more than 40 cities, images of looting and bloody conflict and fires raging in Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. For America’s rivals, it was yet more evidence that the United States’ time as a global role model is coming to an end.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was first out of the block as protests began in Minneapolis, tweeting, “the racist and fascist approach that led to the death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis as a result of torture has not only deeply saddened all of us, but it has also become one of the most painful manifestations of the unjust order we stand against across the world.” He went on to extend condolences to the family of George Floyd, promising to monitor the issue.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday compared the “neck to knee” technique used to kill Floyd to the U.S. use sanctions against Iran.
Without referencing China’s well-documented discrimination against Uighurs and other minorities or the use of police force against protesters in Hong Kong over the past year, the Chinese government condemned the “serious problems” of police brutality and said “racial discrimination against minorities is a social ill in the United States.”