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‘America is suffocating’: Country at tipping point as protests spread

Issued on: 01/06/2020 – 11:08Modified: 01/06/2020 – 11:13

IN THE PAPERS – Monday, June 1: Papers see the United States at a breaking point as the twin crises of police violence and the coronavirus outbreak "put America's deep racial inequalities in stark relief", as The New York Times puts it. For many cartoonists, US President Donald Trump is the one fanning the flames of the chaos. Israeli papers draw a parallel between the killing of George Floyd and the killing of an unarmed and autistic Palestinian man by Israeli border police. Finally, in more positive news, SpaceX astronauts brought a sparkly dinosaur on their mission to the ISS.

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There's a sense that the United States has reached a tipping point after protests over the death of George Floyd spread nationwide this weekend. The Washington Post writes that the "US is at a precipice" while The New York Times headlines "Twin crises and surging anger convulse the US." The paper writes that there are "parallel plagues ravaging America: The coronavirus. And police killings of black men and women."

For many editorialists and cartoonists, US President Donald Trump is fanning the flames of these crises. Australian David Rowe depicts him as the Roman emperor Nero looking out at his burning empire. He's thinking to himself: "Its a miracle. I told them the virus would disappear when it warmed up."

Brian Adcock of the Independent, meanwhile, recreates the scene that caused George Floyds death. He shows Donald Trump kneeling on the neck of American democracy, with Uncle Sam saying "I cant breathe."

Many cartoons are using that theme of suffocation. This one from pan-Arab paper Al Araby Al Jadeed shows the gloved hand of a police officer strangling the statue of liberty. The caption reads: "America is suffocating".

Meanwhile, papers in Israel are drawing a parallel between the killing of George Floyd and the killing of Eyad Hallaq, an unarmed and autistic Palestinian man who was shot on Saturday by Israeli border police. Haaretz opinion writer Gideon Levy writes>Read More – Source