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Borrell condemns racism, police brutality in U.S.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell made strong remarks over recent events in the U.S. He said the European Union condemns racism and violence, MIA's Brussels correspondent reports.

Brussels, 2 June 2020 (MIA) – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell made strong remarks over recent events in the U.S. He said the European Union condemns racism and violence, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reports.

The arrest and death of African-American George Floyd a week ago, caused outrage across the U.S. and the world on the treatment of African-Americans by police officers. 

In response to a reporter’s question, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said: “Like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd.” 

“All societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force, especially societies founded on the rule of law, democracy and freedom,” Borrell said, calling Floyd’s death “a very, very unhappy one.” 

“This is an abuse of power,” Borrell added.

He underlined that the European Union “supports the right to peaceful protest.” 

“We condemn violence and racism of any kind and we call for a de-escalation of tensions. We trust in the ability of the Americans to come together, to heal as a nation,” Borrell pointed out.

“All lives matter, black lives also matter,” the EU foreign policy chief concluded.

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