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JOHN LEWIS: A CIVIL RIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE AND LONGTIME LAWMAKER WERE HONOURED AT THE US CAPITOL, AND THE PUBLIC SAID THEIR GOODBYES ONE LAST TIME.

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JOHN LEWIS- A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON: 

An American politician, who was also a leader of civil rights, John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940- July 17, 2020) provided his services at the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to the day of his death. He also served as a chairman for 3 years from 1963 to 1966, of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Lewis had done much great work as a civil-rights leader and was the only one left of the ‘Big-six’ leaders who arranged the March on Washington. He also took steps to improve racial discrimination, which is still to this date a very big problem in the United States. 

He was a part of very big events, one of which was the protest for African-Americans to have complete rights to vote. This was one of the biggest protests and was led by Lewis himself. He along with some civilians got attacked by the Alabama police in order to stop them from protesting.

John was born in Troy, Alabama. He was a bright boy from a very young age and wanted to bring some change in the community. As he turned six, Lewis started noticing a lot of racism around him. He worked hard to make up his mark in the community so that he has enough power to change things and demolish problems like racism and segregation.

JOHN LEWIS’ DIES AT THE AGE OF 80:

The civil rights activist, John Lewis, who was a very courageous and tenacious leader and served the community for a very long time, died at the age of 80 on July 17, 2020. 

JOHN LEWIS’ DIES AT THE AGE OF 80

Reportedly, he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for a long time now and lost his six-month battle with pancreatic cancer and died in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 80. He was given a tribute by the government and the public, later on.

A FINAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN LEWIS: 

John Lewis was given tribute one last time on Tuesday by the government and the public was also given some time to pay respects and say their final goodbyes to the civil-rights leader before he was buried in Georgia.

According to the news, Lewis will be brought to Georgia’s Capitol hall, for services and will be taken to Atlanta on Thursday for his funeral. 

After the services at Georgia’s Capitol hall, his coffin will be taken to the East Front Portico, from around 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for public viewing, so the people can pay respects to him one last time.

RETA COSBY- THE FIRST PERSON TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO JOHN LEWIS:

RETA COSBY

A civilian, Reta Cosby, who is a 68-year old woman, came all the way from Upper Marlboro, Maryland to pay her respects to the late leader, Lewis. She was the first one in the line of the people who had been waiting there for long to pay their respects. 

Reta told the news reporter that she was very fond of John Lewis, who was one of the prominent figures to have taken a step against racism, so his death made her very sad and she was sure that she would do anything to say last goodbyes to her beloved leader. She left early in the morning in super hot weather and got a chance to see Lewis’ coffin at around 6.30 pm in the evening.

She further said that only a few people get a chance to meet these amazing personalities who had been working for such great causes and she made her way to East Front Portico, just to get that chance.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus, safety measures were taken and the people were only allowed to go to the bottom steps to say their final goodbyes. As Lewis was well-loved by the public, a large number of people came to see him for one last time. People of all ages and races came to pay their respects.

BIRMINGHAM NATIVE, TERRANCE JONES SAID:

Terrance Jones, 37, said that he met the great John Lewis some time ago in Atlanta, and meeting him was the best experience of his life. He further said that ‘Lewis’ personality was so charming and his views about everything were super innovative’.

Many other public figures like Joyce Robinson-Paul, Anise Jenkins, and Emma P. Ward also paid their respects to Lewis and acknowledged him for the amazing work he had done. 

Robinson-Paul said:

Paul stated that ‘Lewis had gone too early and if he had more time, he could’ve done so much more for us. Robinson also stated that Lewis was so influential that he could have gotten us a statehood’.

BLACK LAWMAKERS ARE CALLING ON CONGRESS TO HONOUR LEWIS’ LEGACY:

The black lawmakers are doing their utmost to continue Lewis’ work that he has left in between. They called on Congress to honor Lewis’ legacy which would help them to keep his ‘Voting Rights Act, 1965’ alive. 

The former chairman of Congressional Black Caucus, Cedric Richmond said that, in order to talk about this issue, we should rule out a two-party system. He further said this should be set up to negotiate to honor Lewis’ legacy, seriously.

HONOUR LEWIS’ LEGACY

The rights of minorities to vote were given under the rule of Lewis. The Act is now to be named after Lewis and the officials will add more ways to stop the violation of minorities’ rights to vote.

REP. MARCIA FUDGE, THE OHIO DEMOCRAT STATED:

The head of the subcommittee of elections, Marcia Fudge called out Lewis’ supporters saying that they need to shut up and back off and abide by the rules they are going to set for the people. She also said that she cannot support and nurture the idea that was given by a person like John Lewis.

Macia is currently holding a meeting to talk about the rights of the people to vote and what territories of the U.S. should have voting rights.

The democrats of the U.S. have made the right to vote a major priority, and are working actively to expand the voting rights all over the U.S.

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BEIRUT EXPLOSION: MASSIVE BLAST DUE TO AMMONIUM NITRATE, RIPPED THROUGH THE LABANESE CAPITAL ON TUESDAY.

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BEIRUT MASSIVE BLAST:

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon is a massive city that is accommodating around 1 million to 2.2 million of the population of Lebanon, according to the 2007 census. It is the third-largest city in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Levant and fifteenth-largest city in the Arab world. 

Yesterday, on Tuesday 4th July 2020, a massive blast took place in the capital of Lebanon, Beirut. According to the report, the reason for the enormous explosion was due to the hefty amounts of explosive material, Ammonium nitrate, which was stored in the warehouse. The cataclysmic blast resulted in about 100 deaths, unfortunately, and there were about 4,000 casualties. The impact of the blast was so strong that its shock waves destroyed the buildings present in the vicinity of about 10 kilometers.

Ammonium nitrate is a very strong chemical that is used as a fertilizer or in massive explosives like bombs, etc. It was used to bomb the city of Oklahoma in 1995, killing around 169 people. The explosive is very toxic and can cause poisoning even after days of it being in the air. This is why the Embassy of the US in Beirut requested the people to stay inside their houses and try to wear masks for a couple of days.

LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER, HASSAN DIAB SAID:

After the catastrophic event, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab revealed in a statement that the sole reason for such a massive blast was due to the huge amount, 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the warehouse. The explosive material had been sitting there for years, and that too without any precautions, which resulted in taking so many lives and mighty destruction.

Though the main reason behind the whole scene is still unknown, what caused it to explode in the first place. The inquiry is still going on to find out satisfactory answers.

However, the media was linking this blast to be an outcome of fire in the nearby firecracker warehouse that spread rapidly and resulted in blowing up the whole area but again, this is also a supposition. It is not for sure that this happened. The security chief of Lebanon also supported the Prime Minister’s statement and said that that blast was probably due to hefty amounts of explosive material stored in the premises.

PRESIDENT MICHEL AOUN, ASSURED THE PEOPLE OF A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND A SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR THE CULPRIT:

Michel Aoun, while addressing the media, assured people of Beirut that there will be a thorough investigation to find out the cause of such a destructive blast and the person who did it. He also promised that whoever was behind this heinous act will be severely punished.

People are still in shock and have many questions in mind after going through such a disastrous event that took their loved ones away from them. They are in anger and want to know the reason why such a big amount of explosive material was stored in the warehouse in the first place, that too without any safety measures.

CHAOTIC SITUATION IN THE HOSPITALS OF LEBANON:

BEIRUT EXPLOSION MASSIVE BLAST DUE TO AMMONIUM NITRATE

The hospitals were already very preoccupied with the patients of Coronavirus and then this happened. They are working to their maximum capacity to save as many people as they can. But sadly, the number of deaths is rising with every passing hour. The actual number of deaths is still unknown as it is changing every minute. Many bodies are recovered in the area where the blast took place and people are looking for their loved ones everywhere.

The secretary-general, Georges Kettaneh, told that as per current news, over 100 people had died due to the massive explosion that happened in Beirut. He also said that more deaths are being reported as the time is passing by.

FIELD HOSPITALS:

According to the health minister, Hamad Hassan, thousands of people are still yet to be recovered and found so there is a very high probability of death rate increasing over time.

He also said that there were four hospitals in the area of the explosion and they have been completely destroyed so Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, and Jordan are providing help by setting up field hospitals in the destructive areas of Beirut to facilitate as many patients as they can. He also said that the emergency plan of setting up field hospitals will be conducted very soon. 

The government is also providing food and shelter for around a thousand affected families who lost everything, including their homes.

THE UNFORTUNATE TIMING OF THE BLAST:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Coronavirus, Lebanon like other countries was also going through a political and economical downfall, and the blast at this time of crisis was another huge loss for them. 

The number of cases of Coronavirus in Lebanon was 5,062 with about 65 reported deaths but due to the lockdown situation people were already in anger and protesting against deprivation of food and basic necessities.

In such a time of crisis, the massive explosion resulted in damage worth about USD 3-5 billion. The city was out of power supply for a long time after the blast.

BEIRUT EXPLOSION

Like President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Diab also promised that he will conduct the best investigation to find out the reason for the blast in order to punish the people who are behind this all.

RETIRED ATF EXPLOSIVES INVESTIGATOR FOR THE US GOVERNMENT, ANTHONY MAY SAID:

The expert said that the dark red cloud that appeared after the explosion did not indicate the presence of ammonium nitrate alone, because of the explosion due to this specific explosive results in a yellow cloud. He further said that according to him, there were other explosives involved in the blast alongside ammonium nitrate.

MASSIVE BLAST IN LEBANON

He also revealed that the explosion was so massive that it almost resembled the characteristics of a kiloton atomic bomb, but there was no nuclear material found upon investigation. The blast produced strong shock waves, that were equal to the shock waves resulting from a small nuclear device explosion.

US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS CRITICIZED PRESIDENT TRUMP ON CALLING THE INCIDENT, AN ‘ATTACK’:  

Trump also showed his grief over the incident, saying that He is really sorry to hear about the ‘attack’ and will be more than happy to provide help to Lebanon. His misuse of words raged the three US Defense Department Officials. They said that he shouldn’t have used the word ‘attack’ for the incident as there is yet no proof of it being an attack. 

Many countries including Kuwait, The United Kingdom, Israel, UAE, France, Turkey, Jordan, Russia, Qatar, and Spain also offered their help to Lebanon after the attack and are providing them with food, other resources, and field hospitals.

THE GOVERNOR RELATED BEIRUT EXPLOSION TO ‘HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI’ BOMB BLASTS:

According to the reports, the blast happened around 6 pm that resulted in a mini earthquake of 3.3 magnitudes. Footages were released of injured people crawling and moaning in pain across the streets of Beirut, with ambulances loading the injured to take them to the hospital for immediate treatment. after the blast.

streets of Beirut

Few people said that the whole scene was so horrific, it almost felt like an apocalypse. They also said that the people were panicking and all the areas along with houses, cars, and buildings were completely destroyed.

The governor, Marwan Abboud said that the whole scene reminded him of the ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ bomb blasts. The destruction and loss were beyond belief and it was so painful to watch injured people lying on the streets.

The hospitals and medical staff looked overburdened due to so many casualties but they did the most to treat as many people on the scene as they could. According to the reports, the staff started treating people even on the streets and on sidewalks. Many people reported that the hospital was so flooded that it looked like a war one full of injured adults and children. 

The area of the blast and even areas 10 kilometers away from it were full of injured people. Some had broken limbs while others had injuries due to glass pieces. CNN told, that over 400 patients were taken to Beirut’s major hospital, Hotel Dieu.

LEBANESE RED CROSS, REQUEST PEOPLE ON TWITTER TO DONATE BLOOD TO THE INJURED:

LEBANESE RED CROSS

The Red Cross requested people over twitter to donate blood for the needy and to provide their help in any way possible. Many ambulances were sent to rescue the injured people from Beirut.

Reportedly, two Filipinos died in the explosion while eight of them were severely injured. Whereas, one Australian died in the blast as per reports given by the Australian Embassy, who’s building was also damaged due to the blast to some extent.

Moreover, as per reports, there were a number of injured people from other countries including a Chinese citizen, six Turkish citizens, an Indonesian, and a Japanese national. The Korean embassy in Beirut reported damage to their building but till now, none of their citizens is reported to be injured. 

The whole world is in grief and has united to help Lebanon in such a horrible and hard time. 

 

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Late John Lewis “Conscience of Congress” was paid tribute by the fellow Lawmakers at U.S Capitol Rotunda

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Late John Lewis; honored at U.S Capitol Rotunda

Washington D.C The body of the “Conscience of Congress” John Lewis reached the U.S Capitol Rotunda on Monday. 

John LewisCivil right icon:

He fought for Civil rights and racial equality throughout his whole life. John Lewis, “the ambassador of civil rights” died on 17th July 2020 at the age of 80. The main reason for his death was pancreatic cancer. He was such a valiant lad, who kept on fighting for the racial injustice at the last stage of his cancer.

A final tribute to John Lewis in Capitol Rotunda!

His dead body was paid tribute in the U.S Capitol Rotunda for his never-ending efforts and unbiased justice. He became the first black Politician to be honored in the state in the Rotunda for his last funeral greetings. 

The former fellows of Georgia Congress member including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Presidential aspirants Joe Biden said very true words in the honor of their colleague, “John Lewis’s Legacy”. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, nominated John Lewis, “the conscience of Congress” who was “admired and beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the capitol”.

Vice President Pence showed respect to Lewis!

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen showed their deep respect to the civil rights icon “John Lewis” at the Capitol Monday evening. Lewis casket was moved to the East Front Portico of the Capitol, after that having the afternoon ceremony arranged at the U.S Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony was arranged to allow the members of the Public to honor Lewis from the Plaza below the steps. 

Pence worked as a colleague of Lewis and served with him in congress. Pence was one of those lawmakers who struggled and participated with Lewis in reenactments of Bloody Sunday by crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge together. 

Pence tweeted later on; 

“John was a great man whose personal courage and decades of serving the public changed American forever. God bless the memory of John Lewis. May his example inspire forever” 

Lewis’s coffin arrival at Capitol:

John Lewis visited the Capitol last time on Monday. Earlier in the morning on Monday, a motorcade lifting Lewis’s casket arrived and stopped at the Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln memorials and the newly built Black Lives Matter Plaza, before going towards the Capitol. 

Nancy Pelosi honored the civil rights icon!

Lewis lastly appeared at Black Lives Matter Plaza in June near the White House, where he had “approved the torch” described by House Speaker Nancy Pelvosi. 

Nancy Pelosi wrote on twitter; 

“We’ve bid a farewell to some of the greatest Americans in our history under the dome of the U.S Capitol. Today, Rep. John Lewis, the conscience of congress joined that pantheon of Patriots. John always worked on the side of the divine angels. Now, we know that he is with them.”

Trumps’ absence from the Tributary ceremony of John Lewis:

A thing worthy of mentioning is the absence of Donald Trump from yesterday’s ceremony. When a reporter asked Trump about that has he planned to on paying his respect to the civil rights icon, Lewis?

President Trump gave an answer to the reporter; “No, I won’t be going. No.”  

Donald Trump didn’t confess the death of John Lewis until 12 hours after it was announced. Trump tweeted later on;

 “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis death. Melania and I send our prayers to him (John) and his family”

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