In rare move, US Embassies in Africa condemn Floyd's murder

WION Web Team Johannesburg, South Africa May 30, 2020, 10.01 PM(IST)

A person holds a banner reading "Justice for George Floyd", as crowds gather to protest after the death of George Floyd in Washington DC United States Photograph:( AFP )

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The statements came as the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the 'murder' of Floyd and said Friday the continental body rejects the 'continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens of the USA.'

US embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law.

The statements came as the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the ''murder'' of Floyd and said Friday the continental body rejects the ''continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens of the USA.''

Africa has not seen the kind of protests over Floyd’s killing that have erupted across the United States, but many Africans have expressed disgust and dismay.

The ambassador to Congo, Mike Hammer said, ''I am profoundly troubled by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be held accountable. No one is above the law.'

Similar statements were tweeted by the US embassies in Kenya and Uganda, while the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya tweeted a joint statement from the Department of Justice office in Minnesota on the investigation.

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African officials also were publicly outspoken last month over racism in China, when Africans complained of being evicted and mistreated in the city of Guangzhou amid the COVID-19 pandemic.