In depodesta called unacceptable the use of rubber bullets and tear of aerosols against media representatives.
MOSCOW, may 31. /TASS/. Moscow calls on relevant international institutions to respond to the frequent cases of unjustified brutality from American police officers against members of the media covering protests in the United States, including the Russian journalist Mikhail Turgiev. This is stated in a statement on Sunday comments by the Russian foreign Ministry.
the Ministry expressed concern over the increasing cases of violence by police and arbitrary arrests against journalists during their coverage of the protests in the US that erupted after the assassination of George W. Floyd. The foreign Ministry stressed that they find unacceptable, when the American law enforcement use non-lethal weapons rubber bullets and teargas spray against members of the media after they present press card. the Agency, in particular, regarded as a manifestation of unwarranted cruelty a situation when Minneapolis cops deliberately sprayed pepper spray in the face of the correspondent of RIA “news” Michael Turgiev, despite identifying it as a journalist.
the Russian foreign Ministry reminded the US authorities about their international obligations to ensure unhindered operation and the safety of journalists, as well as equal access to information for all and freedom of expression. “We believe that the us competent authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of the incidents”, — stressed the foreign Ministry. There also urged the relevant international organizations and human rights NGOs “to react to this outrage” properly.
In Minnesota and some other States this week began with mass protests and unrest after posting online videos of the arrest on may 25 in Minneapolis to George Floyd, a suspect in use of counterfeit currency. White police put the black handcuffs and threw him on the road. One of them pushed the detainee with his knee on his neck, ignoring the cries of Floyd that he can’t breathe. Soon African American died at a hospital in the city. On may 26, all four law enforcement officers fired, one of them taken into custody and charged with manslaughter.