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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters US

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Americans awoke Sunday to charred and glass-strewn streets in dozens of cities after another night of unrest fueled by rage over the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police, who responded to the violence with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Tens of thousands marched peacefully to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. But many demonstrations sank into chaos as night fell: Cars and businesses were torched. The words “I can’t breathe” were spray-painted all over buildings. The damaged buildings include many near the White House.
The scale of the protests, extending to nearly every part of the country and unfolding on a single night, seemed to rival the historic demonstrations of the civil rights and Vietnam eras. And by Sunday morning, the outrage had spread to Europe, where thousands gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square. Despite go…

Sr. Helen Prejean: "I stand in solidarity with African Americans calling for an end to police brutality"

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I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS CALLING FOR AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY… MAY GEORGE FLOYD’S CRUEL KILLING BECOME A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO WORK IN OUR COMMUNITIES FOR RADICAL POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORM
I saw the video. I made myself watch the full atrocity, hearing George Floyd’s hoarse whisper: “I can’t breathe” to Officer Derek Chauvin, pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.
Would this be just one more instance of a black person’s death at the hands of a white policeman, followed by prolonged “investigations” that in the end might finally result in a firing, maybe, a civil lawsuit, maybe, a temporary removal from duty, maybe, or even a trial of the perpetrator, which all too often would result in an acquittal, but rarely, if ever, an arrest and charge of murder or even manslaughter.
Until George Floyd.
Now, across the nation, “I can’t breathe,” has become the rallying cry of nationwide protests against police brutality of Black Americans. And now, …

George Floyd's brother says Trump 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak' during phone call

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(CNN) -- George Floyd's family spoke to both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden this week following Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Speaking to MSNBC's Al Sharpton, George's brother, Philonise Floyd, said his conversation with President Trump was "so fast."
"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak," Floyd said. "It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.'
"And I just told him, I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight," he said.
"I asked Vice President Biden -- I never had to beg a man before -- but I asked him, could he please, please get justice for my brother," Floyd said.
"I need it. I do not want to see him on a shirt just like the other guys. Nobody deserved that. Black folk don't deserve th…

There’s a new virus of judicial activism rampant in Florida’s Supreme Court

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Florida’s new conservative Supreme Court takes on its former self and the U.S. Supreme Court in death row cases
There has been a real lack of “judicial restraint” lately in Florida.
You may have heard this term, usually by those who decry “activist judges” for “legislating from the bench.”
Unelected judges must be restrained from usurping the roles of elected representatives in the other two branches. That’s how the argument goes.
But it’s usually the banner waved by its most egregious violators.
Here’s an example close to home.
In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case styled Atkins v. Virginia, made a landmark ruling that the Eighth Amendment’s ban against cruel and unusual punishment prohibits states from executing mentally disabled inmates.
The 6-3 decision, with the majority opinion written by Justice John Paul Stevens, gave the states the authority to come up with a determination of mental disability.
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George Floyd riots spiral out of control: Chaos in 25 cities from NYC to LA as protesters torch cop cars, burn down buildings and clash with riot police on 5th night of violence

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George Floyd riots spiralled out of control Saturday night as cop cars were torched, stores were looted and at least 11 states activated the National Guard on a fifth night of protests that show no signs of stopping. 
Scenes of destruction continued to spread across America as the death of the black man at the hands of white cop Derek Chauvin ignited outrage over what many feel is a systemic problem with police brutality against African-American men.
In Minneapolis, protesters were seen fleeing after cops hurled tear gas into the crowds while some responded by launching fireworks back at officers.  
The National Guard was activated to defend the White House from attack as the Secret Service agents on the ground struggled to keep control of crowds descending on the seat of the US government.
The Big Apple was ablaze as NYPD vehicles were torched and ransacked while shocking footage emerged of cops violently detaining protesters. 
A man was left critically injured in Dallas when he was…

Las protestas por la muerte de George Floyd incendian Estados Unidos de costa a costa

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Disturbios en una treintena de ciudades, de Los Ángeles a las puertas de la Casa Blanca, donde Trump advirtió a los manifestantes de que serían recibidos con "los perros más feroces y las armas más amenazantes”
De Seattle a Houston, de Los Ángeles a las puertas mismas de la Casa Blanca, donde el presidente Trump advirtió vía Twitter de que, si los centenares de manifestantes hubieran osado atravesar la valla, ”habrían sido recibidos por los perros más feroces y las armas más amenazantes”. Un joven de 19 años muerto en Detroit, según la policía de la ciudad, después de que alguien abriera fuego desde una furgoneta contra un grupo de manifestantes. Un guardia de seguridad abatido en Oakland. Saqueos en Portland y declaración del estado de emergencia. Cortes de autopistas en Milwaukee. El cuartel general de la CNN en Atlanta, atacado. Centenares de detenidos y coches de policía ardiendo en Nueva York. Unos 500 arresta…

Obama’s George Floyd statement calls for a “new normal” for black Americans

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Former President Barack Obama released a statement on the unrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and across the country over the police killing of George Floyd.
Obama called on everyone — including law enforcement — to work together to create a “new normal” that overcomes bigotry and unequal treatment of black Americans.
“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” said Obama in the statement. “But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly, ‘normal.’ ... This shouldn’t be normal in 2020 America.”
The statement, released on Twitter Friday, references an email the former president received from a middle-aged African American businessman explaining his distress over the Floyd killing. “The ‘knee on the neck’ is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don’t care…

USA | George Floyd protests spread nationwide

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Downtown Phoenix vandalized by protesters, say police 
Protesters have left behind a trail of destruction in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, police said. 
“Property throughout the downtown Phoenix area has been vandalized as some demonstrators engage in criminal behavior, breaking windows and doors to municipal and private business and destroy cars parked along the street,” Phoenix Police Department tweeted. 
Phoenix is one of more than 20 cities across the US which saw protests on Friday night in the wake of George Floyd's death. 
“An Unlawful Assembly has been declared in the area around 6th Ave & Washington where demonstrators have been gathering," Phoenix Police Department tweeted. "Due to criminal activity and a current danger to our community, people must leave the area including sidewalks, private property or roadways.” 
Police arrest nearly 200 in Houston protest
Nearly 200 people have been arrested in Houston, Texas, after protests Friday night. 
Most will be ch…