Pope Francis has criticized opponents of masks and other restrictions imposed in a book published Monday to limit the spread of the pandemic to the new coronavirus, which he says would “never” protest George Floyd’s death, AFP reports. Agerpres.

“Some groups have protested, refusing to keep their distance, protesting against travel restrictions – as if the measures governments must impose for the good of the people are a kind of attack by politicians against their individual freedom,” the pope accused in the book. “Un temps pour changer” interviews, which will appear in French on December 2, at Flammarion.

The sovereign pontiff especially criticized those who oppose the idea of ​​”being forced to wear a mask,” an obligation described as “an abuse of power by the state,” without caring about those who lost their jobs. work and do not have social security benefits.

“You will never see these people protesting against George Floyd’s death (…), they are unable to get out of their small world of interests,” the pope added.

The brutal death of George Floyd, an African-American suffocated under the knee of a white policeman in late May, sparked a wave of protests in the United States and around the world. The Sovereign Pontiff, who was very committed to defending minorities, said at the time that any form of racism was “intolerable”.

Those who oppose the wearing of masks will not revolt “against the suburbs where children lack water and education” or for “the enormous sums invested in the arms trade to be used to feed the whole human race and to educate every child.” he also loved Pope Francis.

The 83-year-old pope also criticized, without naming them, “governments that ignored the painful evidence of rising deaths with inevitable and serious consequences” in favor of the economy. He acknowledged, however, that “most governments have acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to limit the spread of the epidemic ”.

In the book written with the British journalist Austen Ivereigh, he also declares himself against the removal of statues of historical figures associated with slavery and other forms of oppression.

“In order to have a true history, we must have a memory, which requires us to recognize the paths we have already taken, even if they are shameful,” said the Pope. “The shame of our past, in other words, is part of who we are. history not to praise the oppressors of yesteryear, but to honor the testimony and greatness of the souls of those who were oppressed, “added Francis