SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lays on the ground after he was shoved by two Buffalo, New York, police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Niagara Square in Buffalo, New York, U.S., June 4, 2020. Picture taken June 4, 2020. Jamie Quinn/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

US President Donald Trump claimed that the 75-year-old protester, who was injured as a result of the police pushing the ground in the Floyd protests and is still being treated in the hospital, is a member of Antifa who set a trap for the police. Trump’s claim that ‘the incident was a phony’ drew a reaction.

WALL – US President Donald Trump claimed that the 75-year-old demonstrator who was bleeding and was hospitalized after being dropped by the police during the George Floyd protests last week in New York state was a ‘trap’ to the police. Trump also suggested that Martin Gugino, 75, was a member of the anti-fascist Antifa movement, while he did not provide any evidence for this claim.

“The Buffalo-pushed Buffalo activist could be an ANTIFA provocateur,” Trump said on Twitter, saying that he watched the incident in Buffalo, New York, on the right-wing One America News Network (OANN). Claiming that 75-year-old Martin Gugino interfered with police equipment, Trump said, “I watched the incident at OANN, it fell harder than it was pushed … Could this be us trap?”


While Trump’s statements were a public reaction, one of the harshest criticisms came from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Saying that Trump’s allegations are baseless, Cuomo said the president was ‘brutal’: “The president tweets the conspiracy theories about the Buffalo incident without providing any evidence. Was blood from [Gugino’s] head fiction? Did our eyes lie to us? No. The man is still in the hospital, and the president humiliates him. This is ruthless and reckless. ”

Gugino’s lawyer Kelly Zarcone, who has voluntarily defended human rights in non-profit organizations, said that her client was a “peaceful protester”. “We cannot understand why the US president made such dark, dangerous and false accusations,” Zarcone said.

The fact that Gugino was pushed by the police and dropped to the ground made a sound on social media. It was stated that the condition of Gugino, who bleed blood from his ear and was hospitalized, was stable but serious. After the incident, the two police officers were dismissed. (FOREIGN NEWS / Voice of America)


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