The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for a national day of action on Monday in solidarity with the African- Americans protesting police brutality in the United States.
The party will lead a demonstration to take place in front of the American Embassy in Pretoria led by the Commander in-Chief Julius Malema and in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Sandton led by the Party’s Deputy President Floyd Shivambu and in Capetown led by the Veronica Mente.
“It cannot be that no one in the African continent has come out to show support to the African Americans. Most of the world has made demonstrations including nations that are complicit in the continued underdevelopment of Africa such as France. Africa must take a stand and defend Africans in the diaspora who face violence that dates back to slavery when they were stolen from the continent and sold across the Atlantic”, says the party
The party Emphasized that demonstrations must be done in a safe and responsible manner considering the realities of the COVID-19 global pandemic, which still poses a risk to the lives of all people. Accordingly, the protests must be in accordance with Level 3 regulations that allow jogging in a proper social distancing form.
We call on all South Africans to take to main roads and police stations across the country and take a kneel for 8 minutes 46 seconds,” said the party Spokesperson.
Floyd’s death on May 25 has become the latest flashpoint for rage over police brutality against African-Americans, propelling the issue of race to the top of the political agenda ahead of the US presidential election on November 3.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was fired from the Minneapolis police force and charged with second-degree murder after being filmed in a widely circulated video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “Please, I can’t breathe.”
The demonstrations are set to take place on Monday the 8th of June 2020. The party has urged South Africans to make their contributions in accordance with social distancing rules.
“South Africans must come out and take a knee where they are 09h00 in the morning for 8 and 46 seconds”.
A funeral for Floyd will be held in his hometown of Houston on the 9th of June