Protests In Amsterdam, Dublin Over Killing Of George Floyd

Protesters demonstrate on June 1, 2020 in Amsterdam, to protest against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in the USA. Sem VAN DER WAL / AFP / ANP
Protesters demonstrate on June 1, 2020 in Amsterdam, to protest against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in the USA. Sem VAN DER WAL / AFP / ANP


Thousands of protesters rallied in the Dutch and Irish capitals on Monday against the death of a black man during an arrest by police in the United States.

Defying coronavirus restrictions, demonstrators in both Amsterdam and Dublin carried signs saying “Black Lives Matter”, referring to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

The protests that have roiled US cities for six nights have now spread around the world, with rallies as far afield as London and New Zealand.

Around 3,000 protesters packed Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, standing close together despite coronavirus social distancing measures, local media said.

The protest was partly organised by a group that aims to stop the Dutch Christmas tradition of “Black Pete” — one of Santa’s helpers who is dressed in blackface.

In Dublin, protestors marched on the US embassy on Monday afternoon, chanting Floyd’s name and taking a knee at the gates of the compound in a moment of silence.

Police on the scene told AFP they estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 took part in the peaceful demonstration, surprising officers who had expected a modest turnout.

Racially diverse protestors carried placards reading “Black lives matter” and “Police murder”. One wore a face mask marked with the words “I can’t breathe”.

“Who do you turn to when you can’t turn to the people that are meant to protect you?” said protestor Fionnuala O’Connell, reacting to the circumstances of Floyd’s death in police custody.

“That’s the scariest part, because what do you do?”

“I feel like a lot of us have been silenced and we were afraid to speak out,” demonstrator Raphael Olympio told AFP.

“Today we just want to speak out and raise our voices.”

EFCC To Launch Diaspora Anti-Corruption Campaign In Dublin

EFCC To Launch Diaspora Anti-Corruption Campaign In Dublin
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has concluded plans to launch a diaspora anti-corruption movement in Dublin, Ireland.

The EFCC revealed on Thursday that it would achieve this through its corruption prevention project, Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC), in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Ireland.

According to the anti-graft agency, the event tagged ‘Diaspora Nigeria Action Against Corruption Initiative (DNA Action)’ is set to kick off on October 1, 2017.

“DNA Action is expected to broaden the coalition of groups abroad [who are] committed to tackling corruption, improving Nigeria’s global image with a view to improving the country’s rating on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, CPI.

“The group will further create a platform for discourse on the benefits of ridding Nigeria of corruption and support the anti-corruption prevention measures as it relates to children and youth re-orientation,” the EFCC said.

Golf: Tiger Woods Likely To Return in June

Tiger-Woods-GolfFormer world number one golf player, Tiger Woods could return to the PGA Tour after a back surgery, as he confirms accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio.

Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body after a back surgery, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the year’s second major, the US Open.

The Memorial tournament, to be played from June 2-5 on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, a suburb of state capital Columbus, is held two weeks before the US Open.

Woods entered the US Open before the April 27 deadline, though his registration does not obligate him to play.

The deadline for regular PGA Tour events such as the Memorial is the Friday before the first round.

Woods is believed to have also made proactive accommodation plans for the May 12-15 Players Championship in Florida, though that might be a little too soon for his return.

He routinely skipped the two PGA Tour events in north Texas that followed, suggesting that the Memorial was the most likely comeback venue, assuming his recovery continued on schedule.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation of his client’s Memorial accommodation booking.

Woods, 40, is a five-time Memorial winner, though his most recent memory there from last year was not a good one as he shot 85 in the third round.

He has won 14 major championships, and it would be a nice touch of symbolism, should he make his comeback at the tournament hosted by Nicklaus, the only man with more major titles (18).

Woods has not competed anywhere since the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina last August.