UN chief tells protesters in US to be peaceful, urges restraint by authorities


UN chief Antonio Guterres has appealed to the protesters demanding justice for the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd to voice their grievances in a peaceable method and referred to as on authorities to present restraint whereas responding to the widespread protests held throughout the US.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the US to reveal towards the ugly killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was pinned to the bottom in Minneapolis final week by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.

In his final moments earlier than loss of life, Floyd stated: ‘I can not breathe’, which the demonstrators use as a clarion name demanding motion towards brutality by the police.

Police have used tear gasoline to disperse the crowds and a whole lot of individuals have been arrested as protests turned violent in some cities.

“The situation we’re seeing today, we’ve seen in different parts of the world before and the Secretary General’s message has been consistent one – that grievances must be heard, but they must be expressed in peaceful ways and authorities must show restraint in responding to demonstrators,” Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric stated on the every day press briefing on Monday.

He was responding to a query on the violent protests happening in the US for per week over the killing of Floyd. Dujarric stated that as in some other nation in the world, “diversity is a richness and not a threat” in the US.

“But the success of diverse societies, in any country, requires a massive investment in social cohesion. That means reducing inequalities, addressing possible areas of discrimination, strengthening social protection, providing opportunities for all,” he stated.

He stated that these efforts and investments wanted to mobilise nationwide governments. “They need to mobilise local authorities, the private sector, civil society, faith based organisations. In one word, society as a whole needs to be mobilised,” the UN official stated.

On police violence amid the protests, Dujarric stated such instances wanted to be investigated. “We’ve always said that police forces around the world need to have adequate human rights training, and there also needs to be an investment in social and psychological support for police so they can do their job properly in terms of protecting the community,” he stated.


As journalists too got here underneath assault through the protests over Flyod’s loss of life, Dujarric quoted a tweet by Guterres in which the UN chief had stated, “When journalists are attacked, societies are attacked. No democracy can function without press freedom, nor can any society be fair without journalists who investigate wrongdoing and speak truth to power”.

The protests have resulted in the loss of life of at the least 5 individuals, the arrest of 1000’s and inserting of curfew in almost 40 cities, whereas forcing President Donald Trump to take shelter in a White House bunker. Considered to be the worst ever civil unrest in the US in a long time, the violent protests have engulfed at the least 140 cities throughout America in the times following the loss of life of Floyd.

Meanwhile, French Ambassador to the UN Nicolas de Riviere, President of the Security Council for the month of June, was requested throughout a digital press briefing if there have been any plans to elevate the problem of brutality by the US police in the Security Council since Washington raises human rights problems with different nations in the 15-member UN organ.

The envoy responded by saying the mandate of the Security Council was not the identical because the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council. “The mandate of the Security Council is international peace and security. It’s obvious that frequently the human rights situation has an impact on international and regional peace and security and then and only then the Security Council should take action. It doesn’t mean that the Security Council is in charge of every single issue related to human rights. It’s not,” he stated.

German envoy Christoph Heusgen, President of the Security Council for the month of July, stated there have been no plans to elevate the problem in the council.

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