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Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general, said, according to his spokesperson, that police violence "must be investigated in the United States as in any other country".

The United States is on fire. A week after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, during a police arrest, riots and demonstrations multiplied to denounce police violence and racism. His official autopsy concluded that he had died "by homicide". Another independent autopsy, performed at the request of the family, determined death by asphyxiation due to a "strong and prolonged pressure" exercised on his neck and rib cage.

"We have seen cases of police violence in the past few days. All cases must be investigated," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The latter, said that if the protests are to take place peacefully, police violence "must be investigated in the United States as in any other country," his spokesman reported on Monday. , quoted by AFP.

"The authorities must show restraint in their management of protesters in the United States as elsewhere," added Stéphane Dujarric during his daily press briefing.

"Police forces around the world must have adequate human rights training. And there is also an investment in social and psychological support for the police so that they can do an effective job in protecting the human community. ", said the spokesman.

Antonio Guterres is also concerned about the attacks on journalists seen in recent days, he said. In a tweet this weekend, the UN chief stressed that "when journalists are attacked, it is companies that are attacked". "No democracy can function without freedom of the press," he said.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, threatened on Monday June 1 to deploy the military if violence against anti-racist protests in several cities across the country continues. During his visit to the White House garden, the president denounced acts of "internal terrorism". And he called on American governors to take the necessary decisions to "control their streets" and that he would otherwise send the army to "quickly solve the problem for them".

National Guard soldiers have been deployed to more than 20 cities in a climate of tension not seen since the 1960s.

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