In contrast to the “healthy rage” seen in anti-apartheid protests after the death of George Floyd, Pope Francis aimed to protest against coronavirus restrictions.
“Some groups have protested, refused to keep their distance, marched against travel bans – as if the government should be forced to work for the good of their people, a kind of political attack on autonomy or personal freedom,” he said in a new book.
He claims that those who claim to have been forced to wear masks have been subjected to an unregulated imposition by the state.
“You will never get to protest the death of George Floyd or join any protest because there are children in Shantitown who lack water or education or there are whole families who have lost their income,” he said. “They will never protest on such matters; They are unable to go beyond the small world of self-interest.
Late Ass Dream: A Path to a Better Future is a book based on a conversation with British biographer Austen Iverig and focuses on the response to the coronavirus crisis.
The Pope said, “With few exceptions, the government has made every effort to put the welfare of its people first by working to protect health and save lives.”
He added, however, that some put the economy ahead of public health. “These governments have mortgaged their people,” he said.
The death in police custody of 44-year-old African-American Floyd sparked anti-apartheid protests in the United States and around the world.
The pope once again condemned the “horrific” death and praised how much “many people who do not know each other took to the streets to protest in a fit of rage.”
However, he warned against pulling down some “historical protests” and described it as “a history of degrading history.”
“A free man is a man who remembers, is able to acquire ownership of it instead of denying its history and learn its best lessons,” he said.