Obama urges Americans to vote

Former US president Barack Obama says there isn’t a choice between protesting and voting – people need to do both.

Since the death of George Floyd, there has been a push on social media, encouraging people to use their anger and disappointment in voting booths later this year.

The United States is due to go to the polls in November to elect a President, along with some mayors, senators and representatives.

Barack Obama says there isn’t a choice between voting and demonstrating.

“I’ve been hearing a little bit of chatter on the internet about voting versus protest, politics and participation versus civil disobedience and direct action.

“This is not an either/or – we both have to highlight a problem and make people in power uncomfortable, but we also have to translate that into practical solutions.”


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