Detroit, June 5-Rebellions and protests against the U.S. government and police occurred in every state and major city this week. Major protests have occurred in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Madison, Louisville, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Denver, Austin, Mobile, San Diego, Asheville, Tampa, Cincinnati, Santa Monica, Louisville, Dayton, Portland, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Detroit, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and countless other cities. Protests have also occurred in 25 countries outside of the U.S., with greek protesters fire bombing the U.S. embassy in Athens. While the protests originally began in Minniapollis on May 26th as a response to the police murder of George Floyd, they have since escalated into major rebellions across the country. So far, a Minneapolis police precinct has been captured and burnt down, a NY police precinct has been broken into, CNN global headquarters in Atlanta has been broken into and nearly captured, U.S. President Donald Trump was taken to an underground bunker as protesters attempted to break into the White House, curfews have been imposed in 29 major U.S. cities, countless police cars have been destroyed, businesses have been burned, well over 10,000 people have been arrested, and at least 11 people have been killed.
Police have incited all of this violence either by murdering George Floyd and countless other Black people, or by using tear gas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, SUV’s to run over protesters, and targeted beatings. Authorities have also used collective punishment, a crime against humanity under the Geneva Convention. In L.A., coronavirus testing centers were shut down in response to the demonstrations. When asked why the testing centers were shut down, L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti said “We’re not gonna stand for the burning of police cars.” In Chicago, the public schools suspended its free meal distribution program because of the “nature of activity across the city.” The use of tear gas is also banned by the Geneva Convention. The U.S. regime argues that it is not beholden to international law because it is using these measures against protesters and not enemy combatants.
Demonstrators have responded to the police violence with a diversity of tactics, from peacefully marching, to blocking roads, to reappropriating business’s wealth and supplies, to attempting to storm government buildings and more. There has been some clear disagreement within the protest movement about what tactics to use. In one notable instance, a protester was violently handed over to police by other protesters because they were destroying property. Outside of Minneapolis, Washington D.C., and New York, such property destruction has been rare.
U.S. authorities have also lied about the makeup of the protests, attempting to cast blame on everyone from “outside agitators” to China, Russia, and Zimbabwe. However, many have pointed out that falsely blaming “outside agitators” for protests is a propaganda tactic that dates back to the civil rights era. Furthermore, according to analysis by KARE 11, a local Minneapolis news station, “nearly all” of those arrested have been locals.
On Wednesday, the 3 other officers who killed George Floyd were arrested and charged, a clear indication that the protests and rebellions are working.