killing of George Floyd in city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has reverberated across world. Mr Floyd, handcuffed black man, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting, looting and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over killing. The protests have escalated across America's major cities. There have also been protests outside U.S. embassies across world. The killing of Mr Floyd led African Union Commission to take unprecedented step of condemning what it called "murder" and "continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens".
Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken unusual step of issuing critical statements. news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, embassies were compelled to respond after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger and dismay." U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled by tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting full criminal investigation as top priority. Security forces around world should be held accountable. No one is above law."