In a statement released on the official website of the African Union Commission and reposted on Twitter, the Chairperson, Moussa Faki, has condemned the recent murder of the Black American man, George Floyd, believed to be in his 40s.
“I strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd, which occurred in the United States at the hands of law enforcement officers. I offer my sincere condolences to family of the deceased as well as to all his loved ones,” the AU Chair stated.
He further made reference to a 1964 resolution on racial discrimination made in the United States by African heads of states and governments at the OAU’s first assembly meeting in Egypt to reaffirm the Union’s rejection of continuous discrimination against black people and also urged the authorities to take steps to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.
The death of George Floyd has sparked a whole set of worldwide protests. In the United States, especially Minneapolis, where the incident occurred, both black and white residents went out in their numbers to register their displeasure to the extreme of causing damage to certain facilities.
Back in Africa, there have been condemnations by organizations as well as individual agitations via all available platforms, especially social media, against the inhumane occurrence that took the life of the gentleman.
The Economic Freedom Fighters of South Africa, for instance, viewed the act as one that has been usual over the years. According to them, “Floyd joins the likes of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and the 12years old Tamir Rice in a long list of black people who have been victims of unwarranted and racially inspired police killing”.
These, coupled with many other concerns across the world and the African continent, are clear indications that the world is not happy with the consistency with which this keeps occurring. End Racial killing Now!
1/3:I strongly condemns the murder of #GeorgeFloyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) May 29, 2020