Marchers hold up a portrait of George Floyd outside the Minnesota State Capitol building, St. Paul, March 19, 2021 (Stephen Maturen/Getty)

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd last May, began on Monday.

I spoke with Austria’s Radio FM4 about the significance of the case for the world, amid heightened awareness of social, economic, and racial issues.

Listen to Discussion at 12:44

People are not just saying, “Oh look at America, it’s awful what happened to George Floyd and what’s happening to people of color in the States.

They are saying, “What is happening here? Do we have our own issues of discrimination, of violence, of deprivation that need to be confronted?”

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