George Floyd death: PM urged to tell Trump to ‘respect human rights’


Boris Johnson forced to urge Donald Trump to “respect human rights” following beefs over the death of George Floyd, the Labour leader has said.

In a despatch to the prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer says the events “shone a searchlight on the racism” experienced by black and minority ethnic communities.

He also sought reassurance that UK exports were not being in use accustomed to in “the suppression of democratic rights”.

Mr Johnson has said he was “appalled” by what transpired to Mr Floyd.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday the prime minister implied: “My message to President Trump, to everybody in the United States from the UK is that… racism, racist brute has no place in our society.”

A video showing Mr Floyd, 46, being stopped on 25 May in Minneapolis and a white police officer continuing to kneel on his neck notwithstanding after he pleaded that he could not breathe has triggered protests across the US and the magic, including in the UK.

On Wednesday, thousands marched in London in a demonstration organised by the Ban Lives Matter group.

Writing to Mr Johnson, Sir Keir said he was angered by Mr Floyd’s termination and “the response of US authorities to peaceful protest”,

He said the UK has “a moral obligation to comment on out” in defence of human rights and the “fundamental democratic right to protest”.

He also encouraged the PM if his government had raised concerns with the US about the treatment of peaceful protesters; how the sway would ensure UK exports are not being used “in the suppression of democratic rights” and what footsteps the government were taking to reassure black communities in the UK.

He said the end of George Floyd had “justifiably prompted anger and a burning desire for intrinsic change”.

“The UK must be clear in showing that we understand this frustration and that we are handy to stand together with those who seek to tackle the injustice and dissimilarity that remains within all our societies.”

‘Lack of moral leadership’

During a receiver interview First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, when summon inquired if President Trump was a racist, said: “I think sometimes it’s hard to not conclude that, and what I again say when I’m asked questions that that is I can’t see inside his head.

“But I do remember that the language you use and how you express yourself matters and if you don’t want to be accused of racism then don’t use racist vernacular, don’t sound as if you are equating people who protest against racism with individual who take to the streets in order to try to perpetrate racist values and attitudes.”

She also lead one to believed the US president was “displaying a lack of leadership, perhaps, a lack of moral command”.

Meanwhile, Labour MP Dawn Butler has organised a cross party the world of letters urging the government to halt the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets, and riotous behaviour shields to the US.

Asked about the subject in the House of Commons, equalities parson Kemi Badenoch said: “Like all right-minded people, regardless of their people, I was profoundly disturbed by the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the the Old Bill.

“During these moments of heightened racial tension, we must not pander to anyone who seeks to agitate those tensions.

“Instead we must work together to improve the actuals of people from BME communities.”

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