Assa Traoré, an emblematic figure in the fight against police violence and racism since the death of her brother Adama, received the BET Global Good prize in the United States on Sunday.
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“It is a recognition for all the victims, for all the families who never stop fighting for truth and justice“she said in a video message broadcast during a virtual awards ceremony.
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Compared to Angela Davis
Since the death in July 2016 of her brother after her arrest by gendarmes in Beaumont-sur-Oise, in the Paris region, she has been chaining demonstrations, speaking out, interviews. Supported by a solid “committee“about twenty relatives, she tirelessly claims”truth and justice“for Adama.
She sees herself today compared to a “Angela Davis“French, in the wake of the death of George Floyd. The investigation, still ongoing, turned into a battle of expertise, without questioning the police.
Rihanna salutes her commitment
Yes the “combat Adama“so far remained rather limited to militant spheres, the planetary emotion aroused by the death of George Floyd gave it another dimension.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. The autopsy showed that it was the pressure exerted by the police on his chest and neck that caused his death.
With her committee, Assa Traoré gathered thousands of people in the capital at the beginning of June and hundreds of others everywhere in France.
The “combat“d’Assa has also crossed borders. Several American newspapers have painted his portrait in recent days and the star Rihanna has split a post on social networks via the account of his brand to salute his commitment.
Last January, the French activist denounced the practice of ventral plating, which also cost the life of Cédric Chouviat.