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His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has issued a statement in solidarity for the killing of George Floyd.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a European-American Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.

George Floyd’s death has since sparked numerous protests in the United States including other countries in the world.

In a statement on social media, His Excellency Akufo-Addo expressed his deepest condolence to the bereaved family and stood in solidarity with the African-American populace in the United States.

Read Full Statement Below;

Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder. It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism.

On behalf of the people of Ghana, I express my deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd.

We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.

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Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder. It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism. On behalf of the people of Ghana, I express my deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd. We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.

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