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CGTN America 30 Jun 2020

Biden is not going to hold campaign rallies


Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will not hold campaign rallies due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

This peaceful protester in New York offered CNN viewers a powerful and hopeful message:
"The system is not going to win, the people have a voice now and they're listening to us because we are united. They're listening to us because stuff like this happens in the middle of Manhattan where thousands upon thousands of people don't have to stand for injustice anymore. We don't have to let that happen anymore. We don't have to let that happen anymore. ... We are peaceful protesters there's not reason that we should be arrested for being outside peacefully, you see no looting, you see no rioting. We are okay to be out here. The fact that they would give us a curfew at 8pm, they're trying to control us. They don't have that right to control us, if we want to speak, if we want to march we don't have to be silenced, we don't have to listen to what they're saying. And if you're listening, if you're watching right now, I want you to know that you have a voice, you can speak up. Black lives matter. You don't have to let white supremacy rule anymore."

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Vice President Mike Pence was twice pressed on the wisdom of holding campaign rallies, even as the administration's own public health experts continue to warn against large public gatherings and as coronavirus cases surge, during a news conference.
As those health experts -- including Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci -- looked on, Pence characterized attending a rally as a personal decision the government could not impede.
"The freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States," Pence said when asked -- during the first public briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in two months -- why he and President Donald Trump moved forward with campaign events.

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