PDM weighs in on Floyd's death

According to PDM leader McHenry Venaani the amount of pain in the black community is unfathomable, especially as these violent attacks are occurring in the midst of a pandemic that is having such a disproportionate impact on communities of colour.

02 June 2020 | Politics

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The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned the death of George Floyd in the United States, who died while being pinned to the floor by police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck while he was pinned down. Floyd was restrained by officers, while Chauvin placed his left knee between his head and neck.

While he was pinned down, Floyd complained that he could not breathe.

“I can't breathe,” Floyd said repeatedly, pleading for his mother and begging “please, please, please.”

Responding to the incident, the PDM said it was deeply saddened to learn of Floyd's death.

“We are deeply saddened and truly pained to learn of the death of yet another African American brother, who died at the hands of merciless police officers in Minneapolis, United States,” PDM leader McHenry Venaani said.

“The killings of those who are deemed inferior because of their skin colour in the United States of America over the years can never be justified. It is crime against humanity and should be treated as such.”

According to him, the amount of pain in the black community is unfathomable, especially as these violent attacks are occurring in the midst of a pandemic that is having such a disproportionate impact on communities of colour.

“For America, a country that prides itself in preserving the liberties and freedoms of people, it is high time these fundamental human rights received the protection by institutions of justice they deserve,” he said.



Calls for AU intervention

Venaani called on the US to address racism and called for the African Union (AU) to weigh in.

“We call on the African Union to intervene in this matter. We are reminded of the Resolution on Racial Discrimination in the United States of America made by African heads of state and government at the Organisation of African Union's first assembly,” Venaani said.

“We will never reach that dream if we allow countries like the United States to treat people of colour with the unspoken assumption that they are less human,” he added.

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