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Breyten Breytenbach. ‘n gedig

Monday, June 1st, 2020

 

‘n gedig

 

These are the last words of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died as a US police

officer pinned him down, kneeling on his neck for seven minutes, until he suffocated:

 

“It’s my face man

I didn’t do nothing serious man

please

please

please I can’t breathe

please man

please somebody

please man

I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe

please

(inaudible)

man can’t breathe, my face

just get up

I can’t breathe

please (inaudible)

I can’t breathe sh*t

I will

I can’t move

mama

mama

I can’t

my knee

my nuts

I’m through

I’m through

I’m claustrophobic

my stomach hurt

my neck hurts

everything hurts

some water or something

please

please

I can’t breathe officer

don’t kill me

they gon’ kill me man

come on man

I cannot breathe

I cannot breathe

they gon’ kill me

they gon’ kill me

I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe

please sir

please

please

please I can’t breathe”


Then his eyes shut and the pleas stop. George Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after.

 

© Breyten Breytenbach, 2020

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