The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their “profound concern” with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved in the United States.
“The countries of ALBA, (Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela) the Bolivarian Alliance of the People of Our Americas, express their solidarity with the communities of people of African descent in the United States,” the statement added.
The bloc’s statement calls on the U.S. government to carry out a fair and transparent investigation into the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and demanded that security forces respect human rights when trying to control protests in the Missouri township, which has been affected by violent clashes of police against demonstrators who want justice.
Solidarity with the family of Michael Brown
“ALBA also expresses its solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, as well as with the other victims of the violence that has spread throughout Ferguson,” the statement said.
Michael Brown was shot six times by police officer Darren Wilson, including twice in the head, and according to two witnesses, he had his hands in the air over his head when he was killed. Wilson was suspended with pay, but protesters are demanding the policeman be brought to justice.
The protests in Ferguson have left two people injured and 31 arrested.
Three teenagers from Decatur, Georgia have created an app designed to foster a culture of accountability and accessibility for citizens dealing with local law enforcement and to reduce instances of police brutality.
Sources: Venezuelanalysis.com ALBA Expresses Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson;
Dear Kitty, Some blog: Michael Brown killed, Amnesty inquiry in USA for first time