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TD Wants American Ambassador Expelled Over Police Brutality


01:42 4 Jun 2020

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There's a call to expel the America Ambassador to Ireland in response to police violence in the United States.

It comes from Rise TD Paul Murphy, who says that the Irish government needs to condemn the actions of Donald Trump against protesters.

Ambassador Edward Crawford (pictured) was appointed by President Trump in 2018.

The American Embassy and Ambassador Crawford's official residence in the Phoenix Park in Dublin have been the focus for protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement in recent days.

Protests are continuing into a tenth day in cities all over America following the killing of George Floyd.

The Minneapolis policeman who was filmed pressing his knee into Mr Floyd's neck now faces a charge of second-degree murder, while the three other officers at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.

More than 10,000 people have been arrested in US cities, with riot police using batons and tear gas to clear streets to enforce curfews.

A further protest is planned outside the US Embassy in Dublin on Saturday.

Deputy Murphy says the government needs to condemn the brutality.

"I think it's vital that the Irish Government takes a stand against that," he said.

"I think that the most effective way to do that is to call in the ambassador to explain that we stand against the actions of the government that he represents, of Donald Trump.

"Until peaceful protesters aren't being driven off the streets in a militaristic way then he isn't welcome in this country to represent Donald Trump."

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