#BlackLivesMatter: EFF to lead mass solidarity protest on Monday 8 June

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for a National Day of Action in solidarity with African-Americans who are protesting against the violent killings of black people by police in the United States.

Since the tragic murder of George Floyd by police, people across the world have mourned him and protested. The EFF said South Africans should be apart of the protests in solidarity and also for one of our own — Collins Khosa.

Khosa was allegedly beaten to death members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in April for being in possession of alcohol.

The EFF has called on a mass protest to take place across the country on Monday 8 June — also the same day our schools are meant to reopen.

The EFF has called on all South Africans, in accordance with social distancing regulations, to come out at 9:00 on Monday and get on their knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Derek Chauvin placed his knee George Floyd’s throat — eventually leading to this death.

“The demonstrations must be done in a safe and responsible manner considering the realities of the COVID-19 global pandemic, which still poses a risk to the lives of all people. Accordingly, the protests must be in accordance with Level 3 regulations that allow jogging in a proper social distancing form,” said the EFF.

The EFF said Africa must take a stand and defend Africans.

“Let’s make our contribution in accordance with social distancing rules. South Africans must come out and take a knee where ever they are, 9:00 in the morning, 8 June for 8 mins and 46 seconds,” it said.

The EFF will lead a demonstration in front of the American Embassy in Pretoria led by the Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema and in front of the U.S Consulate General in Sandton led by Deputy President Floyd Shivambu and in Cape Town led by the National Chairperson Veronica Mente.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Saturday, said the death of Floyd has opened up old wounds for the country.

“The killing of George Floyd has opened up deep wounds for all us, but this are the wounds that our brothers and sisters in United States live with day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out, year-in and year-out,” he said.

“That is why we stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters and express our wish that American people can reconcile as we did, and close once and for all the doors of racial injustice,” he added.

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