Anger and rally in Florida a month after the murder of a young Black

Anger and rally in Florida a month after the murder of a young Black

Sanford : FL : USA | Mar 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM PDT
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Trayvon Martin vs George Zimmerman: Where is the justice?

Thousands of people were expected Monday in Sanford, Florida, to demand the arrest of the murderer of a young Black White 17 years, one month to the day after the facts, a case that broke into the presidential campaign.

February 26 at Sanford, while returning home after buying sweets, Trayvon Martin, 17, unarmed, was shot by George Zimmerman, who was conducting patrols in his neighborhood, a suburb of Orlando (Central Florida).

"We hope to have strong support (at the rally Monday, ed) to seek justice and demand the arrest of George Zimmerman," he told AFP Rashad Robinson, president of colorofchange, an advocacy organization for black Americans.

The planned event will be conducted Monday by the parents of Trayvon Martin, and by civil rights activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Mr. Zimmerman, Hispanic, was briefly arrested and then released after he acted in self defense. But the circumstances of the facts remain unclear and the police investigation of the city has been heavily criticized.

Despite the announcement that the Department of Justice had taken the matter in hand, the matter ignites Florida, where demonstrations are held daily to denounce another example of racial profiling, and the movement spread to other parts of countries.

According to the Orlando Sentinel Monday, Mr. Zimmerman told police that Trayvon Martin had landed a punch and was then mounted on him to hit his face on the pavement several times.

Mr. Zimmerman has never spoken publicly about the facts, but the Florida newspaper claims to have received several reports confirming his story.

Saturday, a thousand demonstrators, police, 3,000 according to organizers, gathered in Washington to demand "justice" for Trayvon.

On the Internet, a petition requesting the indictment of Mr. Zimmerman had passed in the day on Monday the 2 million signatories.

The murder of black teenager has also interfered in the presidential campaign. "I can not imagine what parents go through" of Trayvon Martin said Friday Obama, first black president of the United States. "If I had a son, it would look like Trayvon," he added.

Rick Santorum, one of the candidates for Republican nomination for president on 6 November, has accused President Obama of "politicizing" the case.

"The words of the president are outrageous," denounced Newt Gingrich, another Republican candidate, during a radio interview. "Does the President suggests that if a white boy who was killed, the case was not as bad because he would not have looked like?".

"I do not think there are many people in the United States who share these views," he responded Sunday a senior adviser to President Obama, David Plouffe, on CNN.

The death of young Black has relaunched the debate on a law enacted in 2005 in Florida with the support of the gun lobby, the NRA. This text - called "Defend yourself" by his supporters, "Shoot First" by his detractors - has relaxed the conditions for exercising self-defense.

But according to former Republican governor of Florida Jeb Bush, the law, he had promulgated, would not apply in this case. This text was designed "so that people can defend themselves, they start not to prosecute someone who has turned their backs," he told the Dallas Morning News.


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Reverend Al Sharpton speaks during a public rally to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida
Reverend Al Sharpton speaks during a public rally to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida
egyjan25 is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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