Trump sued over clearing peaceful protesters

  • South Africa’s ruling party said it is launching a “Black Friday” campaign in response to the “heinous murder” of George Floyd and “institutionalised racism” in the US.

  • Twitter has removed President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.

  • Rights group, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has sued the Trump administration, claiming officials violated the civil rights of protesters.

  • Mayor of Washington, DC, called for the withdrawal from the city of military units sent from other states to deal with protesters.

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said that it will no longer enforce a curfew put in place to quell protests.

    Friday, June 5

    12:45 GMT – UK embassy raises US protests with Trump administration

    Britain’s embassy in Washington has raised the issue of ongoing protests in the United States with the Trump administration, including the treatment of British journalists by police, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

    “Our embassy in the US has raised the issue of the protests with the US administration – including on behalf of British journalists who were subject to police action,” the spokesman told reporters.

    10:50 GMT – S Africa launches ‘Black Friday’ in response to ‘heinous murder’ of Floyd

    South Africa’s ruling party said it is launching a “Black Friday” campaign in response to the “heinous murder” of George Floyd and “institutionalised racism” in the US, at home, in China and “wherever it rears its ugly head.” 

    A statement by the African National Congress said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday evening will address the launch of the campaign that calls on people to wear black on Fridays in solidarity. 

    The campaign is also meant to highlight “deaths by citizens at the hands of security forces” in South Africa, which remains one of the world’s most unequal countries a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid. 

    “The demon of racism remains a blight on the soul of our nation,” the ANC statement said.

    08:40 GMT – Players send video message to NFL about racial inequality

    Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.

    The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. 

    Thomas, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver who has led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered.” The players then take turns asking the question, “What if I was George Floyd?”

    The players then name several of the black men and women who have recently been killed, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner. 

    07:05 GMT – Australia: New South Wales files suit to stop Black Lives Matter protest

    Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has lodged a legal application to stop a Black Lives Matter protest occurring in Sydney, state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Friday.

    Thousands of people have pledged to attend a protest organised in Sydney on Saturday following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

    The protest had secured permission as it originally planned to have fewer than 500 people present. But Berejiklian said when it became clear that thousands planned to attend, the legal application was made to the state’s Supreme Court.

    06:35 GMT – Twitter pulls down Trump video tribute to Floyd over copyright

    Twitter has disabled President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.

    The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, has Trump speaking in the background.

    “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter representative said.

    The three-minute 45-second video uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel was tweeted by his campaign on June 3.

    The clip, which is still on YouTube, had garnered more than 60,000 views and 13,000 likes. 

    05:34 GMT – South Korea activists demand justice

    Dozens of protesters gathered in the South Korean capital of Seoul to condemn police brutality in the US and demand justice for Floyd’s death.

    Announcing a joint statement in front of the downtown US Embassy, members of human rights groups and other participants also called for South Korea’s government to make a statement against the “racial discrimination and state violence” of its ally.

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