The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 02 June 2020
People take part in a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Amsterdam, Netherlands June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
Violent Protests Wrack The US As Protests Over The Death Of George Floyd Occur Around The World.
US President Donald Trump has reportedly called on governors to ‘dominate’ the protest situations in their states during a private call.
As violent protests spread throughout the US, protest activity has broken out in other countries, including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and New Zealand.
Will the protests in other countries also turn violent?
Will radical activists seek to steer international protests towards violence?
This outcome cannot be ruled out at this time.
(See Points 1 and 5 Below)
The Daily Quick-Look for 02 June 2020
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.
*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.
1. UNITED STATES – Political/Security: Trump Tells US Governors To Crack Down On Violent Protests
BLUF: President Donald Trump on Monday urged U.S. states to crack down on violent protests that have engulfed cities, saying officials should “dominate” and arrest people to restore order after a sixth straight night of vandalism and looting, media reported. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Protests have quickly evolved into rioting, with reporting of organized agitators, particularly from political activist group Antifa, prevalent. Looting, the burning of businesses and significant violence have been widely reported.
2. UNITED STATES – Political: Biden Staff Donate To Group That Pays Bail In Riot-Torn Minneapolis
BLUF: Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city’s police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer. At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Biden has moved quickly to attempt to secure the vote of African-Americans as the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 Presidential Election, using the death of George Floyd and the riots to score political points with voters.
3. DR CONGO – Security (Health): DR Congo Announces Fresh Ebola Outbreak In Country's Northwest
BLUF: Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country's northwest, just weeks before they hoped to declare the end of another Ebola epidemic in the country's east. The appearance of the deadly disease on the other side of the vast country comes as an added blow as the DRC attempts to also battle the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Jazeera. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The outbreak of Ebola will serve as a significant blow to the country, and will also possibly see international aid elements dedicate resources to the DRC.
4. SWITZERLAND – Political: WHO Pushes To Keep Ties With 'Generous' US Despite Trump's Exit Move
BLUF: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday praised the United States’ “immense” and “generous” contribution to global health in a push to salvage relations after President Donald Trump said he was severing ties with the U.N. agency. Accusing it of pandering to China and overlooking an initially secretive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump said on Friday he was ending Washington’s relationship with the WHO. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Trump have clashed repeatedly since the outbreak of coronavirus. Trump recently called for reform within WHO with a period of 30 days for WHO to implement changes, however subsequently announced the US was severing ties 10 days later.
5. GLOBAL – Political: George Floyd: Protests Take Place In Cities Around The World
BLUF: People in cities around the world have marched in solidarity with demonstrators in the US, as politicians and public figures unite to condemn the killing of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on 25 May in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly complained that he could not breathe. (The Guardian. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Protests have occurred in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand and are planned for Australia. The protests have so far been peaceful, however it is a realistic possibility that organized agitator groups will seek to turn protests towards rioting.
6. HONG KONG – Political: Pompeo Says US Considering Welcoming Hong Kong People, Entrepreneurs
BLUF The United States is considering the option of welcoming people from Hong Kong in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in remarks released on Monday. Speaking to the American Enterprise Institute on Friday, Pompeo gave no details about immigration quotas or visas, and merely said: “We are taking a look at it.” President Donald Trump on Friday ordered his administration to begin the process of eliminating special U.S. treatment for Hong Kong to punish China, but stopped short of immediately ending privileges that have helped the territory remain a global financial center. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The situation in Hong Kong will highly likely see some residents of the city attempt to flee to Taiwan or the US, as Beijing’s new security laws will almost certainly see a crack down on political dissidents.
7. CHINA – Political/Security: China Threatens To 'Counter-Attack' US Over Hong Kong Curbs
BLUF: Beijing warned Washington on Monday of retaliation after President Donald Trump announced restrictions on Chinese students in the US in protest against a new national security law in Hong Kong. China also said ongoing unrest in the US highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence – and exposed Washington’s double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters. The two sides have clashed repeatedly on different topics and on Friday, Trump said he would restrict Chinese graduate students and start reversing the special status enjoyed by semi-autonomous Hong Kong in customs and other areas. Beijing reacted angrily to the moves, saying it was “detrimental to both sides”.(HKFP/AFP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The ongoing protests in the US will give ample ammunition to Beijing against countries such as the US opposing them on the ongoing crisis in Hong Kong.
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