Micronational reactions to the 2020 George Floyd protests

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This is a list of the following micronations and micronationalists' public response to the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020[1] and the subsequent protests across the United States.[2]

Reactions

Aenderia

President of Aenderia William Efton issued a statement on 28 May 2020 calling for the immediate arrest of the four officers, as well on the other hand condemning the looting.

We send our condolences to the family of George Floyd and believe his death must be considered a murder. The four officers involved must immediately be jailed, and police officers should not be tear-gassing and attacking peaceful protestors. There is sufficient evidence that shows this was overwhelmingly not an accident, and the death could have easily been prevented.

On the other hand, those who exploit George Floyd's death to simply burn and loot businesses for free merchandise should seriously reconsider. It is disgraceful and shows that these people simply don't care - and are just going to take advantage of this tragic situation.

We hope that in the coming days the situation will improve and that hopefully, police and protestors will be able to come to a fair agreement on what is right and what has to be done.

— William Efton

Ashukovo

The Republic of Ashukovo announced that they “strongly condemn the ongoing looting and burning in Minnesota. It will not fix any kind of issue, including police brutality, but it will certainly cause further divide in the country“.[3] In addition, the micronation endorsed President Donald Trump’s recognition of Antifa as a terrorist movement. An executive order was subsequently signed by Stadtholder Edward I outlawing Antifa operations in Ashukovo.[4]

Benjastan

President Benjamin Pickles spoke in support of the protesters and condemned police brutality and racial injustice in the United States, calling for the officer who killed George Floyd to be charged with a higher degree of murder.

Fishing Trail

Prime Minister Ewing of Fishing Trail said "The United States needs to do something. They have done nothing to help with the injustice in the country. I ask all protesters to stay safe and don't stop fighting for what is right."

Karnia-Ruthenia

Karnia-Ruthenian Emperor-King Oscar I, published a quote on the subject condemning the violence, without mentioning Floyd’s death.[3]

Malinovia

In a statement released by the Auroris Times on the State of Malinovia YouTube channel, President Aydan Dillon condemned the actions of the protesters and the United States government, stating:

On 25 May 2020, Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department unlawfully and inexplicably killed Mr. George Floyd, an unprovoked, dastardly attack on a defenseless man who was not resisting arrest. A few months ago, a black man accidentally shot a 32-year-old white male and was given 15 years in prison. Officer Chauvin, while arrested, was given paid administrative leave. Racism or other acts of hate against African-Americans, Hispanics, or Latinos are simply unacceptable; and the United States government should do better to control the violent protesters than to send the military. The United States Constitution grants citizens the right to free speech, press, and peaceful public assembly; not the right to loot and burn down businesses.

Misberia

On Twitter, the micronation encouraged those in major US cities “to stay safe”. In addition Misberia denounced the “unneeded death and destruction” that – in their point of view – are currently happening. [3]

Nova-Occitania

The Union of Nova-Occitania has published the following statement : “Racism, hate and abuses by the police are intolerable, in the United States as elsewhere. In a climate of injustice, it is important for the people to resist from oppression. Let’s work together for a just society“. This position can be seen as a de facto support for the demonstrators, even in some violence sequences. In its statement, Occitania has often invoked the “resistance to oppression”, a concept established in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789.[3]

Sabia and Verona

The government of Sabia and Verona issued a statement on Twitter on 31 May 2020, that read: "We are watching the events in the United States with deep concern. In line Sabia and Verona's constitutional values, we condemn the racist acts of US security forces and urge the world to uplift black voices in their fight against systemic racism."[5] The statement was followed up with a plea to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, as well as other bail funds across the United States, adding that "This is not our struggle, but in the face of injustice, it is our moral duty to take action regardless."[6]

Pavlov

On 13 June 2020 the Senate of the Empire of Pavlov passed an Act declaring the movement Black Lives Matter a terrorist organisation, accusing the movement of promoting racism and being involved in vandalism, looting, and violence. According to the provisions of the Act, Pavlovian citizens joining BLM will have their subjectship revoked latae sententiae.[7]

The Republic of Uniland

The Government of The Republic of Uniland has temporarily banned all forms of protest including "Black Lives Matter" in due to the current Coronavirus Crisis. The Unilandian Government believes in equality between all people but does not support the violent protests observed in the United States and United Kingdom.

See also

References

  1. Reyes, Lorenzo; Hughes, Trevor; Emmert, Mark (1 June 2020). "Medical examiner and family-commissioned autopsy agree: George Floyd's death was a homicide". USA Today. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. Hernández, Arelis R.; Janes, Chelsea; Stanley-Becker, Isaac; Griffiths, Brent D; Erickson, Amanda; Van Dongen, Rachel (31 May 2020). "Demonstrators, police clash across nation in another night of protest". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Micronational reactions to the George Floyd death and protests". ONN. 1 June 2020.
  4. "ANTIFA labeled "terrorist organization" by Ashukovo". Twitter. 1 June 2020.
  5. @SabiaAndVerona on Twitter (31 May 2020). "Govt statement...". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. @SabiaAndVerona on Twitter (31 May 2020). "If you can, please donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund...". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  7. "BLM declared terrorist organisation". Gazette of Pavlov. 13 June 2020.