Report about Labor Day weekend under the sign of demonstrations

The first Monday in September is as symbolic as it is historic in the United States in the sense that it is Labor Day. Americans are also enjoying a long weekend, eight weeks before the US presidential election, in the midst of an election campaign marked by strong tensions between the two camps on the issue of racism.

A Labor Day weekend under the sign of demonstrations
A demonstrator try to pass between a police line wearing riot gear as they push back demonstrators outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. – Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting.With the Trump administration branding instigators of six nights of rioting as domestic terrorists, there were more confrontations between protestors and police and fresh outbreaks of looting. Local US leaders appealed to citizens to give constructive outlet to their rage over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, while night-time curfews were imposed in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP via Getty Images)

A Labor Day in hot weekend under the sign of demonstrations

This year it will be marked by protests throughout the long weekend, with some rallies supporting US President Donald Trump, while others will continue against racial inequality and police violence across the United States.

In Louisville, Kentucky, a Breonna Taylor memorial march will take place outside Churchill Downs Racecourse on Saturday as a non-spectator derby takes place inside. Taylor is the 26-year-old black medical worker killed in her sleep on March 13 by Louisville police who broke into her apartment with guns mistaking her for someone else. His death, alongside that of George Floyd, a black man who died in May after a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck, helped spark one of the largest protests in the history of the country, with almost daily demonstrations in cities since then.

A Labor Day weekend under the sign of demonstrations
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – MAY 31: A demonstrator is arressted during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump supporters staged rallies for the weekend. In Georgia they will decorate their vehicles with flags and Americans and will loop around Atlanta on Interstate 285 to “show our love and pride for our country and its president,” organizers said.

A gathering called RefuseFascism.org said it arranged fights in 23 urban areas on Saturday, considering Trump’s activities a type of autocracy that would compound whenever chose for a subsequent term. “Since the denunciation, Trump has progressively announced himself to be exempt from the rules that everyone else follows and to be simply the law,” said Coco Das, who distinguished herself as the gathering’s representative.

“What they are zeroing in on is a racial oppressor, Christian-supremacist, male-supremacist fundamentalist America.”

Nationwide protests came to the fore in Trump’s re-election campaign for the US presidential election on November 3. This week, Trump, and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, former senator, and vice president, traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Midwestern town was the scene of clashes between protesters, police, and militia after police shot dead Jacob Blake, a black painter, in the back seven times at the close range, leaving his legs paralyzed for life.

A Labor Day weekend under the sign of demonstrations
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 31: Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Across the country, protests were set off by the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota while in police custody, the most recent in a series of deaths of African Americans by the police. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Biden met Blake’s family and spoke to Blake on the phone and expressed his sympathy to those protesting police violence with the rallying cry “Black Lives Matter”. Trump, for his part, has visited damaged businesses, decried what he calls “lawless” protesters, and defended the police service as defenders of “law and order”, while refusing to condemn the armed right-wing vigilantes who have been accused of attacking and even killing protesters in Kenosha.

A Labor Day weekend under the sign of demonstrations
Protestors hold signs outside the County Courthouse during demonstrations against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020. – The mother of a black man shot repeatedly in the back by Wisconsin police called August 25 for calm after two nights of violent protests, as her lawyer said it would take a “miracle” for her son to walk again. Expecting another night of demonstrations, Kenosha authorities installed a temporary iron fence in front of the county courthouse, a scene of confrontations between police and protesters the last two nights. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A bit like to rekindle tensions, US President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of anti-racism training provided in the federal administration, which he says constitutes “divisive and anti-American propaganda,” the White House announced on Friday.