- A group of Nigerians under the auspices of Black Lives Matter Movement has besieged the embassy of the US in Abuja
- The group is protesting the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States
- The protesters called for an end to racial discrimination, injustice and killing of innocent citizens irrespective of skin colour
A group of Nigerians under the auspices of Black Lives Matter Movement In Nigeria has besieged the embassy of the United States in Abuja to protest the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the US.
Also, another set of protesters under the aegis of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights, (CALSER) were at the US embassy in Abuja same day.
The CALSER said the gathering is not only for the display of physical rage as a result of the indiscriminate killing of black people in the United States of America by agents of the state but a display of emotional and mental rage.
The protesters defied the armed policemen stationed at the embassy to drive home their message on Tuesday, June 2.
The group said it we would no longer watch how its brothers and sisters to be subjected to all manners of ill-treatment by law enforcement officers in the United States of America.
Led by its convener, Princess Ajibola, CALSER said the death of George Floyd is an act of barbarism that is being spearheaded by the white supremacists in the United States of America because Black Lives doesn't matter to them.
"This is over 50 years down the line when the Late Martin Luther King spoke about the emancipation of blacks in the United States of America. Yet, the very issues he canvassed are still present in the United States of America," Ajibola said.
Legit.ng gathers that the protesters called for an end to racial discrimination and injustice and killing of innocent citizens irrespective of skin colour.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that an independent autopsy report had revealed Floyd died due to asphyxia, a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death.
Floyd, an African-American man, died in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, when a white Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for roughly eight minutes nonstop, two out of which he was unresponsive.
A report by two medical examiners and two attorneys representing his family on Monday, June 1, showed the officer who was kneeing on the 46-year-old's neck not only killed him but also officers who were pressing their weight onto his back while he was on the ground.
"The cause of death, in my opinion, is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck - which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain - and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing," Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner and one of the pair, said at a news conference.
"Beyond doubt, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body by two other officers," Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family added.
The report differed with the one done by a Hennepin County medical examiner who said Floyd's death was caused by his underlying medical conditions due to 'recent methamphetamine use' and 'fentanyl intoxication' - along with hypertension and coronary artery disease.
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