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California Democrats storm Silicon Valley, look to the Fall

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1222327_1280x720San Jose, Calif. (Diya TV) — Democrats from all over California ascended upon San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center last weekend for the party’s state convention. Though all members of the same group, this year’s edition pitted vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton against those of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The split of support between the two candidates was showcased during the three-day convention, which this year played host to north of 3,000 attendees. Division within the party became apparent after an overwhelming majority of Sanders’ supporters said they had no interest in voting for Clinton, and would not participate in this year’s general election should he not receive the Democratic nomination.

“I would have a very hard time voting for corruption,” Nadia Nouri, a Sanders supporter from San Jose, said about the prospect of voting for Clinton in November.

Even more extreme, Ruth Hull, a delegate from Orange County, said she is thinking about writing in her own candidate for president in the event Clinton wins the party’s nomination: Edward Snowden. Yes, the NSA whistleblower who released classified information and whom is currently residing in exile in Russia, Edward Snowden.

“You can’t have the insiders ordering the rest of the Democrats how to vote,” Hull said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

The Sanders contingency was represented in full force at the convention, and some of them checked their manners at the door, according to Smith, the Clinton supporter. Carrying two pro-Clinton signs, one of which read, “I’ve been waiting since 1789” for a female president. That one particularly struck a chord with the Sanders crowd, which led them to be “rude and insulting,” Smith said. “It makes me wonder what kind of Democrats these people are,” she added.

In the lead up to the keynote speech by Vice President Joe Biden Saturday afternoon, candidates in contention for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer —Rep. Loretta Sanchez and California Attorney General Kamala Harris— delivered their appeals to delegates back-to-back. Harris, who ultimately won the delegate’s nomination, ended her speech with a standing ovation.

Opponents for the Bay Area's 17 congressional district seat, incumbent Mike Honda and Ro Khanna

Opponents for the Bay Area’s 17 congressional district seat, incumbent Mike Honda and Ro Khanna

During his speech, Biden spoke emotionally about the passing of his late son, Beau. His words were interrupted when a heckler claimed the tumor which killed Beau was caused by a cellphone — “Thank you, but that’s alright. It’s okay…my son Beau would have loved that part…Let’s not act like Republicans,” Biden responded in turn.

Those who support Rep. Mike Honda were in full force as well, distributing literature which portrayed his Democratic opponent, 39-year-old Ro Khanna, as a puppet for corporate interests. The two are facing off for the second time in as many elections for the seat in the Bay Area’s 17th congressional district. Honda’s camp claimed they had no role in the distribution, and he ultimately won the delegates endorsement for re-election, despite the ongoing ethics investigation against him.

Ravi Kapur, Deepti Dawar and Jeff Knapp contributed to this report.

 

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All four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in Floyd’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the three other Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will face aiding and abetting murder charges. Former officer Derek Chauvin, the man who put his knee on Floyd’s neck, will now face a second-degree murder charge, elevated from third-degree. Meanwhile, protests are not only continuing around the U.S. for the ninth day, but they are spreading overseas in places like the U.K. and Australia as well.

Protesters desecrated Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. The United States Park Police have launched an investigation.

Instagram & Facebook admitted the keyword ‘Sikh‘ was blocked for nearly two months starting March 7th following an inaccurate report by their team. Scores of users discovered the block this week when writing posts in connection with the anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the assasination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

A criminal investigation is underway in South India after a pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth.

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Nationwide protests continue on ‘Blackout Tuesday’

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — America is now in its eighth day of protests over the death of George Floyd. To date, only one officer of the four involved is facing criminal charges. So thousands in cities around the nation continue protests to seek justice for Floyd. President Trump vowed to use the military if violence and looting isn’t stopped, with tear gas being deployed on peaceful protesters outside the White House. Meanwhile, celebrities and brands are taking to social media to show support for the Black community by blacking out images on their profiles.

President Trump invited India, Russia, South Korea and Australia to attend the G-7 summit, an offer accepted by Prime Minister Modi. The summit will take place in September in the U.S. and will entertain a host of issues, including whether China will be isolated for their role in the coronavirus pandemic, a tactic right now has lukewarm support.

Indian officials rejected President Trump’s claim that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the growing India-China border dispute. The officials say the conversation never took place and both China and India have made it clear they will arbitrate their own disputes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Two autopsies classify Floyd’s death as homicide

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — An independent medical examiner hired by George Floyd’s family, as well as Hennepin County’s Medical Examiner classified his death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to suppress Floyd for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. The independent examiner also added “asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause” of the death.

With the nation reeling from Floyd’s death, hundreds of thousands of people in 41 states held rallies asking for change. But as night fell, peaceful protests morphed into chaos, as looters came onto the scene, destroying property and stealing goods, while confronting police. Some historians say it was the largest riots seen in the U.S. since Martin Luther King’s assasination in 1968.

Many businesses were destroyed around the nation from these riots, including a Bangladeshi restaurant in Minneapolis called Gandhi Mahal. But owner Ruhel Islam is receiving widespread support after his daughter quoted him on Facebook saying “let my building burn. Justice needs to be served.” Now an online fundraiser has raised more than $65,000 to help them rebuild.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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