Africa Solidarity Centre Ireland Statement on George Floyd Assassination When will “BLACK LIVES TRULY MATTER, WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING TO A FELLOW HUMAN BEING?” With a lack of empathy, the entire world witnessed and watched the horrific and heartbreaking pleads: “Please, I can’t breathe”, George Floyd pleaded, face on the ground, his hands cuffed behind his back, held by two policemen, while a third policeman knelt directly on his neck, without moving for almost eight to nine minutes. Captured on video by witnesses the policeman was untouched despite many cries for help. When the police officer finally removed his knee, George was not breathing was taken to the hospital, and to be later pronounced dead …
In light of what has happened to George Floyd, and many unnamed here, as African Diaspora and People of African Descent living here in Ireland and across the globe we shall not remain silent and continue to witness this systemic and structural racism against African people wherever they may be. We are deeply concerned about the escalation of the police brutality globally and the use of excessive and uncalled for measures against peaceful protests like the use of rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray and in some cases live ammunition. These are in violation of international standards on the use of force and dealing with mass assemblies stated in the recent U.N. Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons.
Furthermore, the world is facing a great concern that President Trump has chosen to weaponise the tensions through his rhetoric, evidenced by his promise to seize authority from Governors who fail to take the most extreme tactics against protestors and to deploy federal armed forces against protestors (an action legally questionable), rather than using his position to serve as a force for calm and unity. As a wise Pan-Africanist stated: “The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana The Africa Centre Ireland and it’s members, therefore, firmly condemns the killing of George Floyd and call on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to: i. support and urge members of the U.N. Human Rights Council to mandate an independent inquiry into George Floyd death ii. conduct an inquiry in the recent history of racist policing in cities across the U.S that continues with impunity from the killing of Michael Brown as to the repression of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, including the murder of George Floyd iii. investigate the allegations of the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists in the demonstrations in U.S. cities since the murder of George Floyd.
We remind the Taoiseach of this statement that: “A civilisation that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilisation … A civilisation that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilisation … A civilisation that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilisation.” – Aimé Césaire Therefore, we reiterate our call on the Taoiseach and the EU members’ states to stand up against the systemic and structural growing racism here in Ireland, Europe and across the globe. Finally, as he described it: “racism is as a virus transmitted at an early age, perpetuated by prejudice, sustained by systems often unrecognised by those whom it infects, possible to counteract and correct for, but never easy to cure” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must stop defending the controversial direct provision system as it perpetrates the prejudices, discrimination and segregation of asylum seekers which transforms those human capitals into vulnerable people of our society. “Blacks’ Lives Matter” so, please “End direct provision system – End the structural racism in Ireland”. For further information, please contact Lassane Ouedraogo, Chairperson, Africa Centre Ireland – Mob: 0833903848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Africa Centre Ireland, invite you to sign George Floyd’s book of condolence by Dublin city council