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Tens of thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London
8 June 2020, 2:17 AM

Tens of thousands took to the streets of London on Sunday, rallying for a second day running to condemn police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with some wearing face masks bearing the slogan “Racism is a virus”.

London police chief Cressida Dick said 27 officers had been injured in “shocking and completely unacceptable” assaults during anti-racism protests over the past week, including 14 on Saturday.

In this video below shows global protests over the killing of George Floyd:

Two were seriously hurt and an officer who fell from her horse underwent surgery.

Authorities had urged protesters not to gather in London again on Sunday, warning they risked spreading COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

But demonstrators still packed the road outside the US Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames.

“Now is the time: we need to do something. We have become so complacent in the UK but the racism that killed George Floyd was born in the UK in terms of colonialism and white supremacy,” said 28-year-old Hermione Lake, who was holding a sign reading: “white silence = violence”.

“We need to completely gut the system. … We need massive reform, massive change.”

The May 25 death of Floyd, an unarmed African American, has sparked demonstrations around the world over police treatment of ethnic minorities. A white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

In Bristol in western England, demonstrators tore down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston.

Emirates, Etihad extend temporary salary cuts to September
8 June 2020, 2:00 AM

Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways are extending the period of reduced pay for their staff until September as they try to preserve cash during the global coronavirus pandemic.

The aviation industry has been among the worst hit by the outbreak, which has dented travel demand and forced major airlines to lay off staff and seek government bailouts.

State airlines Emirates and Etihad have operated limited, mostly outbound services from the United Arab Emirates since grounding passenger flights in March.

They are due to restart some connecting flights this month after the UAE last week lifted a suspension on services where passengers stop off in the country to change planes, or for refuelling.

Dubai’s Emirates told employees on Sunday it would extend a three month wage cut due to end this month until September 30, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.

In some cases, pay cuts will also be deepened, with some basic salaries reduced by 50%, the email to Emirates Group employees said.

The decision was made after reviewing all possible options to preserve its cash position, it said.

State-owned Emirates Group, which employed 105,000 as of March and includes the airline among its assets, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Emirates had previously reduced basic wages reduced by 25% to 50% for three months from April, with junior employees exempted.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has extended its salary cuts of between 25% to 50% to September, a spokeswoman said, as it considers all options to protect jobs and preserve cash.

Santaco to engage with taxi associations on proposed taxi fare increase
8 June 2020, 1:21 AM

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has given assurance that it will engage with taxi associations on their proposed taxi fare increases.

This, after the Alexandra Taxi Association said it would hike their prices from 11-rand to 30 rand.

Taxi associations have cited the loss in revenue after government implemented regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula has also warned against unjustified and unfair increases.

I will engage with the industry to seek clarity on the latest developments. https://t.co/c1BPZBL23Z

— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) June 7, 2020

“Whilst we understand the predicament that the associations find themselves in, we wish to inform the public that Santaco will be having a national leadership meeting this week.”

“Among other issues for discussion will be the taxi fare increase to look at the whole COVID-19 impact and other related issues that have impacted the operations of the taxi increase to try and understand how they could have arrived at that increase.”

In May Santaco called on taxi operators to stop inflating fares.

EFF to hold nationwide protest against the murder of George Floyd
8 June 2020, 12:00 AM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold a nationwide protest against the murder of African American, George Floyd Monday.

The party is expected to lead protests at the United States Embassy in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Parts of the United States have been engulfed by protests after Floyd’s death.

In this video below shows nationwide protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd:

The 46-year-old died at the hands of police officer, Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes last week.

Sectors of the global community have since come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

EFF Chief Whip and Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu has called on Africans to take a stand against racism.

“We call on all Africans to form part of the protest by kneeling down for eight-minutes-46-seconds. And there will be official protests led by the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Pretoria Embassy of the United States, in Johannesburg Consulate of the United States and Cape Town Consulate of the United States. ”

“So you’re all invited to form part of this solidarity action against global racism that is witnessed through the continuous and unending murder, police brutality in the United States against black people.”

 

 

 

Body of KZN teenager recovered from dam
7 June 2020, 6:00 AM

Rescuers have recovered the body of 17-year old Siboniso Ntshangase, the boy who was feared drowned at Dumbe in Paulpietersburg in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Ntshangase and some of his friends reportedly jumped into the Bivana Dam last weekend to escape pursuing police.

They were caught playing soccer during Level 4 of the lockdown.

A seven-day search at the dam, unfortunately, ended in tragedy.

The Ntshangase family and the concerned villagers from Bhadeni in Dumbe say they can finally get closure. They refused to leave the dam, and slept in tents, while rescuers searched for Siboniso.

It all started with the game the boys love. More than 20 of them decided to play soccer. But many sports, including soccer, were not permitted during the lockdown.

Police arrived to chase the boys from the soccer field. Some of them and members of the community allege that shots were fired by police.

While the boys ran for safety, Siboniso and two of his friends jumped into the Bivana Dam to swim across it to escape.

Two of his friends managed to get across, but Siboniso didn’t.

His father Veli Ntshangase says: “ We would like to thank all the departments for their support during this time, we ended up getting the body of my son, I appreciate the support we received.”

Eight boys were apparently arrested at the time but were released on Monday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker says: “This morning, members of the K9 search and rescue proceeded to the southern side of the river bank approximately one and a half kilometre from where the child allegedly drowned. All disciplines were mobilised to attend the crime scene. The body was identified by the family and was taken by the members of the forensic department for further investigation.”

The police have not yet commented on the allegations that shots were fired at the boys.

 

 

 

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