The recording of protesters who engaged in “peaceful protest” action outside of the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain today, may have been the reason behind some unexpected outbursts by the group, who attempted to stand in solidarity with other protesters around the world, following the May 25th death of George Floyd while in police custody in the United States.
Earlier today, US Ambassador to T&T, Joseph Mondello visited and listened to the group who spoke out against racial inequality. The US Embassy, on June 6th issued a statement saying the embassy “salutes the action of peaceful protesters in their expression of solidarity in support of the ideals of equal justice.”
Videos posted by DJ Sherriff News a short while ago, however highlight the TTPS’ attempt to maintain law and order as persons defied COVID-19 restrictions.
SEE VIDEOS BELOW:
US EMBASSY’S STATEMENT OF JUNE 6TH:
This week at U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinbagonians rallied to express their dismay at the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and call for justice. We salute their peaceful expression of solidarity in support of the ideals of equal justice. They join many Americans who are similarly outraged by what transpired and we have seen them express their shock, grief, frustration, and anger in many parts of the United States. We at the U.S. Embassy are not immune to these feelings and like the Secretary of State we find the actions that led to the death of Mr. Floyd abhorrent. His death was a tragedy and never should have happened. The highest officials in the United States on both the state and federal levels have pledged that there will be accountability for what transpired.
Now it is time for healing, for compassion, greater communication, and increased understanding. It has been said that this episode exposes some of the faults in the United States. We must agree. Recent events remind us that we don’t only have a history of difficult race relations in the U.S.; we are in the present still struggling to realize our idealized version of ourselves as a tolerant land of equality and inclusion, with peaceful respect for the rule of law. What has truly made the American multi-ethnic, multi-racial democratic experiment impressive, in our eyes, has been its ability to reform itself and become a fairer, more inclusive, and more equal society over time. We should hope that this tragedy will mark a turning point. As Dr. King memorably said, “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” We sincerely hope that all of us, Americans and Trinbagonians, will learn from this episode and use it as inspiration to create a better world.