China calls racism “a chronic disease of American society” amid widespread protests across the United States.
“The life of black people is also their life. Their human rights must be guaranteed,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lian Jian said at a press conference in Beijing today, referring to the stoking death. American protests by black man George Floyd.
“Racism against ethnic minorities in the United States is a chronic disease in American society. The current instability once again reflects the severity of racial and violent issues. police force in the US, “Mr. Zhao added.
The announcement came amid widespread protests across the United States to express anger at the death of 46-year-old Floyd, a black man arrested by police on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. , allegedly selling a fake $ 20 bill. The video was released showing a white police officer pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes, while three other police officers assisted.
Floyd repeatedly pleaded, saying he could not breathe, but the police officer remained in the same position. Floyd then passed out and died. Four police officers involved in the incident were fired and the person directly on the back of Floyd’s neck was charged with a third-degree murder.
The prosecution records say Floyd had background conditions including coronary artery and hypertension. “The combined effects of Floyd being burdened by police, background disease and any potential stimulants in Floyd’s body have resulted in death,” the file said.
According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, the way the US government responded to domestic protests was “an example of its world famous double standard”. “Why does the United States promote so-called black independent and violent elements in Hong Kong as heroes and activists, while calling anti-racist protesters ‘rioters’? “Zhao asked at the press conference.
China has long been angered by criticism from the United States and Western countries over handling protests in Hong Kong last year, while accusing “foreign forces” of being behind the chaos in Hong Kong. Kong.
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua called the chaos in Floyd’s claim for justice in US cities over the weekend as “a great sight of Pelosi”, alluding to comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year that the Hong Kong protests were “a sight to behold”.
A commentary program during the golden hour on May 30 on CCTV also used the phrase “beautiful spectacle” to describe the protests, adding that “American-style human rights are hypocritical and despicable.” . Program participants said that American politicians should apologize to the people and the current chaos is a “self-inflicted American wound”.
Tens of thousands of people across the United States continued to march on May 31. The peaceful protests were quickly overshadowed by unrest in cities from Pennsylvania to California. The US Department of Defense says about 5,000 National Guard soldiers have been mobilized in 15 states as well as the Washington capital, while 2,000 others are poised to wait for orders, evoking disturbing memories of the riots in American cities in 1967 and 1968 during a period of chaos protested against racial and economic inequality.