Social media abuzz over Kerala police version of ‘George Floyd’ attack

Kochi: Social media has been abuzz with activity ever since picture of a police official squatting over a young Congress worker pinning him to the ground to allow Kerala Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel’s convoy to pass through, surfaced.

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It was Sunday evening, when the picture became public. The social media users immediately equated it with the unfortunate incident of George Floyd, a black American, who was killed in Minneapolis, US, when Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes leading to his death eventually.

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Floyd was handcuffed as he was pinned face down, calling for his mother and repeatedly saying “please” and “I can’t breathe”.

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State Congress vice-president and two time former legislator P.C. Vishnunadh said it was indeed shameful for the Kerala Police, for what happened.

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“Just see the cruelty that was shown to one of our young activist Antony, who turned into victim of police high-handedness, as literally a replay of what happened in the US was played out,” said Vishnunadh .

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Antony and Youth Congress workers took to the streets on Sunday evening and protested against Jaleel demanding his resignation after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate.

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While some protesters were chased away by the police manning the roads, Antony fell down and when he was trying to get up, a police official saw to it, he was pinned to the ground, till Jaleel’s convoy passed.

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After that Antony’s colleagues came rushing seeing the incident and he was rescued.

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Young Congress legislator V.T. Balram also took to his Facebook page and posted the picture with the caption, ‘Citizen and Pinarayi government’.

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