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Criticism of police brutality creeps onto the Oscars carpet

Los Angeles (USA), Apr 25 (EFE) .- Criticism of police brutality and racism in the United States crept onto the red carpet of the pandemic Oscars, which are held this Sunday with a ceremony totally adapted to measures against the coronavirus.

Directors Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free, nominated for the best short film award for “Two Complete Strangers”, appeared on the carpet wearing jackets and shoes with the names of some blacks who died at the hands of the Police. last years in the United States.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark or Duane Wright are some of the names that the filmmakers had written on their suits as a complaint. These and other victims have been the subject of claims by the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter.

Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free are well acquainted with this subject as their nominated short, “Two Complete Strangers”, reflects on the racism that African Americans continue to suffer in the US from the Police.

The 93rd edition of the Oscars, with films closely connected with “black power” and anti-racism such as “Judas and the black messiah”, is held this Sunday just five days after the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused, was known. of killing African-American George Floyd by suffocation on May 25, 2020 and was found guilty of all three charges he faced.

The jurors unanimously decided that Chauvin is guilty of involuntary murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, which carries up to ten years of deprivation of liberty.

Another example of anti-racist vindication at the Oscars was the performance of HER, nominated for best song with the theme “Fight For You” from “Judas and the black messiah” and who closed his performance in the anteroom of the ceremony with his fist in the air. and with messages of “power to the people”.

(c) EFE Agency

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