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Pope says racism ‘intolerable,’ in reaction to Floyd killing

/ 05:44 PM June 03, 2020

Pope Francis said on Wednesday “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism,” in reaction to the killing of a black man by US police that has sparked nationwide protests.

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But the pontiff also condemned the violence that followed George Floyd’s death in the city of Minneapolis last week as “self-destructive and self-defeating.”

“Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost,” Francis said.

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Floyd, 46, an unarmed African-American man, suffocated as a white police officer kneeled on his neck, sparking once-in-a-generation demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.

The pope said he was praying for Floyd and “all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism”.

Protests have been held in cities across the country, mostly peaceful but many descending into mayhem.

Both activists and officials have blamed rabble-rousers for the trouble and thousands of people have been arrested.

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