The scenes of Brazilian supermarket security guards who beat up a black customer to death in the parking lot sparked protests by thousands of Brazilians on the streets of several cities in the country. More sadly, the occurrence took place during the ‘Day of Black Conscience’ which was celebrated on Friday.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand told reporters that he will consider legal measures against anyone who has broken the prohibition on democratic assemblies after having an emergency cabinet meeting on Fridays. Prayut also advised reporters that a curfew may be enforced if the crisis escalates.
When I was a child in elementary school we always started our day with the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the last line of which ended in the words “One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” At that time it was just something we did each day, and I really didn’t think about what the words meant, but now that I am living as an adult in a divisive world that often seems filled with hate, I think about what liberty and justice for all really mean. We are living at a time that threatens those words and our democracy. I have seen a lot of administrations and presidents come and go, but I have never experienced a time so full of dissension and hate as we are now living through.
Since June 9 last year, more than one million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the amendment of the “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance.” The anti-amendment demonstrations have been on for a year today. On the occasion, police today announced the number of arrests related to anti-amendment demonstrations.