Hong Kong rioters and police should carefully observe how “democratic United States” deal with chaos in Minnesota.
After the tragic death of African American George Floyd at the hands of the police, angry demonstrators in Minneapolis rushed to the city police building, where a fire later broke out. U.S. President Donald Trump therefore began to feel uncomfortable. He wrote a tweet early Friday (US time), saying, “I can’t step aside and watch as this happens.” He instructed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to “regain control of the city”, stating that the the alternative was that he would send the National Guard and “do what was necessary.”
“When the looting begins, the gunfire will start,” Trump said. He said he spoke to Minnesota governor Tim Walz and said “the army is with him all the way.”
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the killings of many unarmed African Americans in police hands over the years on Thursday. He said U.S. authorities must take serious measures to stop these murders and ensure that justice is done when they occur.
In the United States, over 100,000 people have died from COVID-19, most of them weak, elderly, poor and belonging to minorities. From another perspective, George Floyd’s death reveals the desperate rampant inequality in the United States. People in Minnesota were angry and lost control. On Friday I wrote a tweet: “Secretary Pompeo, please stay with the angry people of Minneapolis, just like you did with the people of Hong Kong.”
US political elites appear to be aggressive in all directions. They directly applauded the Hong Kong riots, calling them a “magnificent vision” of democracy. The chaos of Hong Kong has lasted for over a year and military forces have not been dispatched. However, after only three days of chaos in Minnesota, Trump has publicly threatened the use of firepower and has implicated the use of military forces.
This is the state of inequality in the United States and another example of the country’s double standards. Well, America, what am I supposed to say?
The author is director of the Global Times
(Translation of the Anti-Diplomat)