The question on many peoples lips at the moment is, will the 2020 Cultural Revolutionists desire to dwell on the past, end up with history repeating? Will the BLM, Antifa and other left-wing movements, be satisfied with merely damaging monuments, statues and buildings glorifying the Western Slave Trade, or will we see the Revolution escalate into a full-blown civil-war where academics, police officers or government officials, being dragged into the street by mobs of thugs and tied up, humiliated or even possibly beaten to death. Protests ended up as riots again yesterday for the fourth weekend in a row after the senseless murder of George Floyd on the 25th of May this year.
Confederate monuments are coming down and statues of Christopher Columbus along with other historical figures are being toppled as Americans grapple with the ghosts of the country's racial history in the wake of George Floyd's death. In New Orleans, protestors tore down the statue of a slave master and tossed it into the Mississippi this weekend, mirroring the demise of slave trader Edward Colston who's statue ended up in the River Avon last weekend.
The US Police caused yet another wave of public outrage in Atlanta on Friday night over the killing of an unarmed black man, Rayshard Brooks. Protests escalated into riots, with protesters blocking streets and setting fire to a Wendy's restaurant where the fatal shooting took place as another weekend of protests and riots unfolded across American cities.
With another weekend of rioting in London, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a warning to demonstrators who have been attacking the police. In a statement, Johnson warned: "Anyone attacking the police will be met with the full force of the law.” He also claimed the demonstrations have been “subverted by violence.” And issued a thinly veiled threat to the far-right, claiming: "Racist thuggery has no place on our streets." More than 100 people were arrested in London yesterday when far-right movements and football hooligans clashed with left-wing, BLM and Antifa demonstrators, smoke grenades, bottles and bricks were hurled at police officers.
Meanwhile, if events are not confusing enough, The Seattle Times is claiming: "Fox News runs digitally altered images in coverage of Seattle’s protests, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone!" The story goes on: Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations. As part of a package of stories Friday about the zone, where demonstrators have taken over several city blocks on Capitol Hill after Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct, Fox’s website for much of the day featured a photo of a man standing with a military-style rifle in front of what appeared to be a smashed retail storefront. The image was actually a mashup of photos from different days, taken by different photographers — it was done by splicing a Getty Images photo of an armed man, who had been at the protest zone June 10, with other images from May 30 of smashed windows in downtown Seattle. Another altered image combined the gunman photo with yet another image, making it appear as though he was standing in front of a sign declaring “You are now entering Free Cap Hill.”
The left-wing mainstream-media across the West would have us all believe peaceful protest is taking place in many of our cities across the globe, while the right-wing would have us believe the world is going to hell in a handcart and the situation is getting worse and worse, with no hope of stopping the decline... The constant bombardment of conflicting, facts, alternative truth and downright lies is becoming the symbol of 2020.
France 24 reported that Paris riot police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse a largely peaceful but unauthorized protest of police brutality and entrenched racism, as a wave of anger continued to sweep the world following the death of African American George Floyd. The protesters gathered in Place de la République, where the crowd chanted “No justice, no peace” and some climbed the statue of Marianne, who personifies the French Republic. Police refused organisers permission to proceed to the Opera House in central Paris. The protest was generally peaceful but after three hours skirmishes broke out. Organisers urged protesters with children to leave as riot police charged pockets of protesters and projectiles were thrown at police lines. The outrage generated by Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month has resonated in France, in particular in deprived city suburbs where rights groups say that accusations of brutal treatment by French police of residents of often immigrant background remain largely unaddressed.
If the death of George Floyd has sparked a worldwide protest movement, Africa is not to be outdone. In Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, demonstrators are taking to the streets. Others would like to see their leaders tackle the issue more firmly, in solidarity with their "African-American brothers". In South Africa, the movement's other major slogan, "Black Lives Matter", has a special resonance in a country scarred by apartheid and still torn apart by sharp racial inequalities.
Is what we are witnessing in the West at the moment a carbon copy of the Arab Spring, in the early 2010s, The Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 50s and 60s, the Russian Revolution in 1917, or the French Revolution in 1830? Time will tell.