Washington: Former US president Barack Obama condemned the use of federal agents against protesters and attempts at voter suppression in an attack on President Donald Trump.
Obama in a eulogy at the funeral service in Atlanta of civil rights leader John Lewis said, “Today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”
Paying tribute to Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, Obama said the former Democratic congressman did “everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause.”
Obama did not mention Trump by name but he was clearly referencing recent moves by the Republican president as the former president took a jab at Republican attempts to suppress the minority vote and Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting.