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Thousands of Protesters Chanting “I Can’t Breathe” at Colorado’s Capitol

An African-American man, named, Geroge Floyd was killed by the police officer of Minneapolis. The police offer, named, Derek Chauvin put his knee on the neck of George for around nine minutes. However, George was pleading the officer to take off his knee. He also said that he was unable to breathe. But, the police officer didn’t listen to him and this leads to the death of George Floyd. People in Minneapolis protested in front of the Minneapolis Police Station for three consecutive days. On the third, they set fire on the 3rd precinct of the police station.

How did people chant at Colorado’s Capitol?

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, people at Colorado’s Capitol protested in a very distinct manner. They laid on the ground with their face down and hand back. Together they were chanting “I Can’t Breathe”. These were the last words of George Floyd. People at Colorado’s Capitol continued chanting for nine minutes. The officer Derek pressed the neck of George for nine minutes. This was the main reason why people were chanting for nine minutes at Colorado’s Capitol. Colorado’s Times Recorder posted a video of the protesters chanting “I Can’t Breathe” on its official page. This video went viral and earned 6.5 million views.

The situation in Colorado’s Capitol:

The whole world is facing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the United States is the topmost country, where a large number of people are affected by this pandemic. In such a worse situation, people are protesting against the death of George Floyd. This may lead to even worse situations in the U.S.

Additionally, there was a curfew in Colorado’s Capitol on May 30, 2020. The curfew was active till 8 p.m. However, the police officers tried to maintain social distance between the protesters. They started dispersing people. But, the police officers spread tear gas everywhere to disperse the protesters. In addition to this, the protesters also started throwing rocks, bottles, etc on the police officers. The situation in Denver went out of control. Protesters divided themselves into several smaller groups. They were trying to save themselves from being arrested.

Many protesters injured in this fight. Further, the police officers arrested around 84 people that night. The owner of the stores beside the street tried to save their shops from stones, tear gas, bottles, etc. During the four days of protest, a total of 118 people were behind the bars.

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Sameeksha Satish Medewar

Sameeksha Satish Medewar

Sameeksha is an engineering student. She has always been passionate about writing. She has been working on writing contents for a year. She believes that the pen speaks more than words.

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