German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday it was peaceful protest against Police brutality in the United States is “more than legal” and calls for freedom of the press for those who cover demonstrations.
“The peaceful protests that we see in the US, which involve many moving movements, including by American police officers, are understandable and more than legitimate,” he told reporters at a press conference.
“I can only express hope that peaceful protests do not turn violent, and even more hope that they will have an impact,” he added.
Maas also tweeted a message from his official account on Tuesday.
“Regarding the incident involving Deutsche Welle, which we have also known, we will contact US authorities to find out more about the situation,” Maas told DW. “We remain committed: Journalists must be able to carry out their duties, which are independent coverage of events, without jeopardizing their safety.”
“Democratic countries under the rule of law must meet the highest standards when they have to protect press freedom,” added Maas. “Every violence that occurs in this context must not only be criticized – above all it must be followed up and investigated so that journalists are protected when they do their work.”
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Peaceful protests and violence against police brutality have spread throughout the United States after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed when a white man Police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, kneel at his neck.
Police since then charged with murder.
The demonstration has inspired other anti-racism demonstrations in other parts of the world, including outside the US embassy in Berlin. More protests are expected in cities around Germany this weekend.
Stefan Simons of DW was shot by police on two separate occasions while covering a Minneapolis protest. He wore a press jacket during both incidents and has identified himself as a journalist.
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