EU calls George Floyd’s death ‘abuse of power’

Sallie Anderson

The EU’s foreign affairs chief on Tuesday (2 June) called the death of black American George Floyd by authorities in the United States an “abuse of power” and prompted a de-escalation of stress.

“We are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd,” Josep Borrell informed press reporters on Tuesday.

“All societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force and ensure that all such incidents are addressed swiftly and effectively and in full respect of the rule of law and human rights,” headded


The EU’s leading diplomat stated that, particularly in societies based upon guideline of law, democratic representation and regard of liberty, people imposing order should not utilized their powers as in the Floyd’s case.

“This is an abuse of power, and this has to be renounced and has to be combat in the US and everywhere,” Borrell stated.

The arrest of Floyd in Minnesota was caught by a mobile phone video that went viral and revealed a law enforcement officer pushing his knee on Floyd’s neck as he groaned: “Please, I can’t breathe.”

It sparked days of demonstrations throughout the United States versus bigotry and authorities cruelty.

If regional authorities stop working to stop them,

United States president Donald Trump threatened and later on bought to send out military to stop the demonstrations.

“We support the right to peaceful protest,” Borrell stated, including:”We condemn violence and racism of any kind, and call for a de-escalation of tensions”


He stated the EU trusts the “the ability of Americans to come together, to heal as a nation, and to address this important issue”.

Borrell echoed one of the crucial styles of the demonstrations, when he added: “All lives matter, black lives also matter”.

Asked if EU authorities raised the particular problem with United States equivalents, a commission representative informed EUobserver: “We remain in routine contact with our United States equivalents at all levels on all concerns of shared interest and issue.

Over the weekend thousands of people marched in European capitals in assistance of the United States demonstrations.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday tweeted that”racism is a virus that we have been fighting for millennia”


“Despite the progress we have made, it is no less virulent today and no less dangerous. We need to show solidarity as people of all races and backgrounds around the world come together to stop its spread and defeat it,” he stated.

On the other hand, liberal MEP Sophie in’t Veld argued in a note released on Monday that the action of the United States federal government needs an official political response by theEU


She stated the “blatant violations of freedom of assembly and freedom of the press” plus the “inflammatory” tweets of United States president Donald Trump, took into doubt EU- United States cooperation on information and justice.

“Sharing of personal data, of law enforcement information and intelligence, or US authorities even getting direct access to data bases in Europe without judicial intervention, require strong legal safeguards and a robust rule of law,” the Dutch MEP composed.

“Cooperation agreements can only work if both sides apply the same rule of law standards. The attitude of the White House puts this in doubt,” she stated.

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