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On May 25, George Floyd was killed by then Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin after he knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while detaining him. Following Mr Floyd’s murder, protests have been taking place worldwide. Now, a group of health workers in New York have showed their support for the protests.
The health workers came out to cheer for demonstrators who were walking the streets in protest of Floyd’s killing.
While they clapped to show solidarity with the protest, the protesters said “Thank you”.
A viral video of the incident was shared on Twitter by journalist Sarah Walton.
The footage was captured by Feature story news.
The caption read: “Hospital staff come out to applaud #GeorgeFloyd protesters in New York – demonstrators shout back ‘Thank You’.
The video gained masses of attention, with one user commenting: “Two groups denied by @realDonaldTrump cheer each other on. Poignant.”
“This is my America. I’ve missed her,” added another.
A third praised: “Change is happening right before our eyes.
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“It’s a long time coming, oh yes it is!”
This comes after churchgoers spoke out against US President Donald Trump’s controversial visit to St John’s Episcopal Church and the national shrine to Pope John Paul II during the protests.
Before the president left the mansion, police were ordered to disperse the group of protesters in Lafayette Square with tear gas and rubber bullets, creating a clear path for him to get to the church.
However, bishops in charge of the church were not made aware of the visit.
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Many were outraged at the police violence towards protesters fuelled by his visit.
Reverend Gini Gerbasi, from a nearby church in Georgetown, told Religious News Service that when she left briefly to get supplies, armed police began to set off tear gas to expel protesters.
“I was suddenly coughing from the tear gas.
“We heard those explosions and people would drop to the ground because you weren’t sure what it was,” Ms Gerbasi said.
“They turned holy ground into a battleground.”
The nation’s highest-ranking African-American bishop Archbishop Wilton Gregory spoke out against the visit.
In a statement released just before Trump’s visit to the national shrine, he said: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.”
Archbishop Gregory has led the Archdiocese of Washington for just over a year.
He said Donald Trump’s actions in posing for photos at religious sites are “reprehensible”
In the statement, the Archbishop pointed to the late Pope John Paul Il’s defense of human rights in condemning “the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace.”
Although he did not use the president’s name once in the statement, it was titled “Archbishop Wilton Gregory Issues Statement on Planned Presidential Visit.”
The archbishop, like many claimed that Trump’s actions Monday and Tuesday were all for a photo-op.
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