In Rare Move, U.S. Embassies in Africa Condemn George Floyd Murder


(JOHANNESBURG) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa develop, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the bizarre step of issuing vital statements, saying nobody is above the legislation.

The statements got here as the top of the African Union Fee, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the “homicide” of Floyd and mentioned Friday the continental physique rejects the “persevering with discriminatory practices towards black residents of the USA.”

Africa has not seen the form of protests over Floyd’s killing which have erupted throughout the USA, however many Africans have expressed disgust and dismay, brazenly questioning when the U.S. will ever get it proper.

“WTF? ‘When the looting begins the taking pictures begins’?” tweeted political cartoonist Patrick Gathara in Kenya, which has its personal troubles with police brutality. He, like many, was aghast on the tweet by President Donald Trump, flagged by Twitter as violating guidelines towards “glorifying violence,” that the president later mentioned had been misconstrued.

Aware of America’s picture on a continent the place China’s affect has grown and the place many have felt a definite lack of curiosity from the Trump administration in Africa, some U.S. diplomats have tried to regulate the harm.

The ambassador to Congo, Mike Hammer, highlighted a tweet from a neighborhood media entrepreneur who addressed him saying, “Expensive ambassador, your nation is shameful. Proud America, which went by every thing from segregation to the election of Barack Obama, nonetheless hasn’t conquered the demons of racism. What number of black individuals should be killed by white cops earlier than authorities react significantly?”

The ambassador’s response, in French: “I’m profoundly troubled by the tragic loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Division is conducting a full legal investigation as a high precedence. Safety forces world wide ought to be held accountable. Nobody is above the legislation.”

Comparable statements had been tweeted by the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Uganda, whereas the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya tweeted a joint assertion from the Division of Justice workplace in Minnesota on the investigation.

African officers additionally had been publicly outspoken final month over racism in China, when Africans complained of being evicted and mistreated within the metropolis of Guangzhou amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the time, the U.S. was fast to affix in, with the embassy in Beijing issuing a vital safety alert titled “Discrimination towards African-People in Guangzhou” and noting actions towards individuals considered African or have African contacts.

Now the Africa-facing model of the state-run China Each day newspaper is tweeting footage from Minneapolis with the hashtags #GeorgeFloydWasMurdered and #BlackLivesMatter.