'Horrified' by George Floyd's death, says New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

WION Web Team
New Zealand Published: Jun 02, 2020, 02.26 PM(IST)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a tv interview Photograph:( Reuters )

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Ardern has been described by some liberal supporters as 'anti-Trump,' promoting issues such as social justice, multilateralism, and equality.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is ''horrified'' by the death of the black unarmed man in US, George Floyd who was killed in an ''homicide''.

Ardern, in a television interview said ''I stand with everyone else in being horrified in what we've seen but at the same time, we need to show that and express that solidarity in a way that makes sure we're looking after one-another as well."

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"New Zealand, I would like to think at the time of March 15, demonstrated that as a nation, where we see racism, where we see intolerance, where we see hatred, that we call it out.''

''That's who we are as a nation, we don't for a moment pretend to be perfect but we have always been, I think, a country that has been willing to acknowledge where we have issues and where we need to continue to address them, '' she added.

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She welcomed peaceful solidarity protests in New Zealand, but noted that they flouted social distancing restrictions.

Thousands of New Zealanders marched peacefully on Monday (June 1) amid protests in the US and around the globe decrying how Floyd, a black American, died in police custody last week.

Ardern has been described by some liberal supporters as "anti-Trump," promoting issues such as social justice, multilateralism, and equality.

She was praised globally for her compassionate handling of the country's worst mass shooting on March 15, 2019, when a suspected white supremacist killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch.

Ardern said her country's response to that attack demonstrated that New Zealanders call out racism and hatred.

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