The massive protests in Miami by the death of the african-american George Floyd, the victim of a controversial fact of police violence in Minneapolis, continues this Sunday in the city and other areas of south Florida.
In Miami-Dade county demonstrations resulted in a spiral of attacks and events of vandalism, which resulted in the arrest of 57 people. The chief of police of Miami, George Hill, said that, of those arrested, 13 were residents of Miami and the remaining came from Minnesota, New York and Georgia.
“We are here because we are angry, we are here because we are in mourning,” said an organizer through a portable speaker. “Keep in mind that the police is not our friend … So what we’re going to do is march,” he added.
“I can not breathe” is one of the slogans that characterized the protests, and that corresponds to the words of supplication that Floyd was saying to the police while he pressed the neck with the knee, before the detainee, handcuffed on the ground, died.
The protest of Fort Lauderdale was gaining in intensity and it increased the tensions between protesters and the authorities. The Sheriff Gregory Tony he told Local 10 News there are some people who want to create chaos in the midst of the occasion. “We have it under control,” he said.
Protesters fired fireworks at the police who surrounded them with riot control equipment, confrontations that seem to have gained strength after an officer pushed a woman who was sitting on the floor.
The police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd in front of the Public Library of Broward, close to Las Olas Boulevard, in the garage of downtown Fort Lauderdale, where we could see graffiti scrawled on some of the walls.
In Fort Lauderdale, the demonstration had begun peacefully in the scenario in the Park, Huizenga, aupada organizations Black Lives Matter and Dream Defenders, which focused the group to 3 in the afternoon in that place.
In contrast, the protest in Miami showed a behavior more peaceful, more particularly in comparison with the developed Saturday. The mayor of the city of Miami Francis Suarez, said that the curfew would be applied strictly.
“We have hope. We will ask the people cordially to go into their houses. If they do not, they will be subject to arrest,” he said in an interview with local media.
The march was even joined celebrities such as singers Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
Curfews are in force in the city of Miami (8 pm to 6 am), in the county of Miami-Dade (10 pm to 6 am) and Hallandale Beach (11 pm to 6 am). Also this Sunday, Coral Gables issued an order of emergency by announcing that it will begin a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am.
In the center of Miami, the protest was organized in part by muslim associations in south Florida, including the Council ICNA Social Justice. Some demonstrators, holding signs that said “Muslims 4 Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter”, decided to take part after seeing images of the massive protests on Saturday.
On Sunday afternoon, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, activated the National Guard in response to the concentrations of the end of the week. The authorities condemned any act of vandalism or looting.
By her side, Frances Suarez he said that guaranteeing the right of all to protest “passionate but peaceful”. “I am personally disgusted by racial injustice that we have witnessed in our country. However, the looting and violence will not be tolerated under any circumstances”, expressed in social networks.