Here is the latest top stories from Press TV on March 9, 2021.
Black Lives Matter
People have held a rally in the US city of Minneapolis ahead of a trial of an officer involved in the choking to death of African American, George Floyd. "Black Lives Matter" activists demanded justice for the man who died at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer in May 2020. Video footage showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes while the victim pleading not being able to breathe. The trial was set for Monday, but was put off for at least a day after a higher court ordered the judge to consider adding an additional murder charge. The officer is now facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Three other officers at the scene are also facing trial. The death of Floyd sparked a flurry of protests against racial injustice and prompted calls for police reform in the US.
The trial of prominent Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, has resumed. During the court session in the northwestern Kaduna city, prosecutors presented witnesses and new evidence against Sheikh Zakzaky. However, the judge adjourned the hearing until March 31 to allow the prosecutors to close their case. Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife have been in custody since December 2015. The two are being tried for charges including homicide and disruption of public peace which they reject. Their detention came after the Nigerian army attacked a religious ceremony in the city of Zaria, killing nearly 350 people. Since then, a crackdown has continued on Zakzaky’s followers, leading to more killings and arrests.
Anti-coup demonstrators have once again hit the streets across Myanmar to protest against the junta’s deadly crackdown. The military used tear gas to disperse the protesters. No casualties were reported during the latest rallies. Myanmar’s junta took power on February the first. It detained de-facto leader Aung San Suu Chi and other civilian officials. That has ignited daily nationwide protests for more than a month now. Protesters demand civilian rule and the release of Suu Chi. The military, however, has unleashed a crackdown that has killed 60 people so far. That’s according to an advocacy group. It says more than 1,800 have been detained.