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Ghana holds ceremony in honor of George Floyd

George Floyd / Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

A memorial service has been held in Ghana in honour of the late George Floyd, whose death has sparked what some have termed a revolution against racism and injustices faced by African Americans in the United states.

The event was organized by the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, The Ghana Tourism Authority, the Office of Diaspora Affairs and the Diaspora African Forum.

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The ceremony took place on the morning of 5th June 2020 at the Dubois center, infront of the Diaspora African forum in Ghana.

GEORGE FLOYD MURDERED

Unarmed Black African, George Floyd was killed in during an arrest by 4 Minneapolis Police officers, after one, former Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Despite cries by George that he couldn’t breathe, the officer kept his knees on Goerge’s neck for close to 9minutes even though he was handcuffed with his hands behind his back.

Following his demise, protests never seen in decades erupted in various cities in the United states leading to the setting on fire various buildings including the 3rd precinct of the Minneapolis police department.

AFRICA REACTS

The president of Ghana, his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was the first African president to condemn the racially charged killing of George Floyd, commiserate with the family and call for justice for Floyd.

In a message on his official social media platforms, the president wrote:

Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder. It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism.

On behalf of the people of Ghana, I express my deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd.

We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.”