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19 January 2016 - Martin Luther King Day

Publié par Marion Coste le 19/01/2016

Demonstrators Block San Francisco Bay Bridge In MLK Day Protest

Michael McLaughlin (The Huffington Post, 18/01/2016)

Protesters linked with the Black Lives Matter movement chained themselves together on the busy San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, blocking rush-hour traffic bound for San Francisco.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day action was to protest police shootings, such as the December San Francisco police killing of Mario Woods, 26, who police said had threatened officers with a knife. Cellphone video appears to show Woods made no sudden movements toward cops.
Bridge traffic was stopped for about 30 minutes before California Highway Patrol officers partially reopened the five westbound lanes around 4:30 pm. Protesters hopped out of five cars, wrapped chains around their waists and connected themselves to vehicles. Traffic was backed up for miles.

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Protests

MLK Day protesters chant on bridge against police killings
Kyle Potter (The Washington Times, 18/01/2016)
Dozens of protesters braved the bitter cold for a Martin Luther King Day rally on Monday, briefly shutting down traffic across a bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul to highlight the deaths of two black men shot by police last year.
Police blocked traffic across the Lake Street and Marshall Avenue bridge as protesters started marching - one group from St. Paul, and a larger contingent from Minneapolis. With temperatures in the low single digits, a crowd of nearly 100 people chanted and waved signs calling for police to be prosecuted for their involvement in those deaths.
St. Paul protesters are calling for police to reopen their investigation into the death of Marcus Golden, who was shot and killed by officers last January. A grand jury declined to indict the officers.

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Commemorations
For Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Black Leaders as Obituaries Portrayed Them
Sam Roberts (The New York Times, 18/01/2016)
To commemorate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — he would have been 87 — in advance of Black History Month in February, The New York Times culled its historical obituary files for a retrospective on how he and other prominent black Americans were regarded at their deaths.
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Arkansas

Arkansas governor seeks to end MLK and Robert E Lee shared holiday
Associated Press (The Guardian, 17/01/2016)
In three southern states on Monday, civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr and civil war Confederate commander General Robert E Lee will share a common holiday. In Arkansas, however, they will do so for perhaps the final time.
Asa Hutchinson, the state’s Republican governor, is pushing to separate the joint celebration after critics said it is an insult to the man who fought to end racial segregation to share a day with a man who fought to preserve slavery.
“They need to be distinguished and separate,” Hutchinson told a news conference this month about the holidays.
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"19 January 2016 - Martin Luther King Day", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2016. Consulté le 05/08/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/19-january-2016-martin-luther-king-day