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How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere


April 30

If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it:

International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in state security forces around the country when handling cases of police brutality. The latest crisis is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, a once-bustling city on the country’s Eastern Seaboard, where an unarmed man named Freddie Gray died from a severed spine while in police custody.

Black Americans, a minority ethnic group, are killed by state security forces at a rate higher than the white majority population. Young, black American males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than white American males.

The United Kingdom expressed concern over the troubling turn of events in America in the last several months. The country’s foreign ministry released a statement: “We call on the American regime to rein in the state security agents who have been brutalizing members of America’s ethnic minority groups. The equal application of the rule of law, as well as the respect for human rights of all citizens, black or white, is essential for a healthy democracy.” Britain has always maintained a keen interest in America, a former colony.

Palestine has offered continued assistance to American pro-democracy activists, sending anti-tear-gas kits to those protesting police brutality in various American cities. Egyptian pro-democracy groups have also said they will be sharing their past experience with U.S.-made counter-protest weapons.

A statement from the United Nations said, “We condemn the militarization and police brutality that we have seen in recent months in America, and we strongly urge American state security forces to launch a full investigation into the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. There is no excuse for excessive police violence.” The U.N. called on the United States to make a concerted effort to make databases of police violence public to improve transparency and cut down on corruption in the justice system.

International analysts predict the seeds of a so-called “American Spring,” fomented by technology. “It’s amazing what social media is doing for the cause of justice in America,” said a political rights analyst based in Geneva. “The black youth of America are showing what 21st-century civil rights activism looks like, using technology, social media and a decentralized organizing strategy to hold authorities accountable and agitate for change. These kids represent what modern-day freedom fighting looks like. The revolution will be tweeted, Periscope-d and Snapchatted.”

Local leaders in the American township of Baltimore imposed a state of martial law this week after peaceful protests turned violent. In response, countries around the world have advised darker-skinned nationals against non-essential travel to areas noted for state violence against unarmed people of color, especially in recent hot spots such as New York, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Ohio, California, Michigan, Virginia and now Maryland.

International human rights groups have appealed to the global community to facilitate asylum for America’s ethnic black minorities. When asked whether the European Union was willing to take on more black refugees risking their lives in fleeing American state violence, an E.U. human rights spokesman said: “More black refugees? We are dealing with our own Mediterranean crisis, so now is not really a good time for that for us. Furthermore, we believe in American solutions to American problems.” The African Union has not responded to requests for comment.

American government officials took to state media, characterizing the protesters as “thugs,” a racially coded word increasingly used to describe black males in America. Commentators in national media have frequently compared the protesters and riots to various characters and events from the popular television series “The Wire,” set in early-2000s Baltimore.

America’s ethnic blacks have been displaced from many of their communities due to a phenomenon experts on the region call “gentrification,” when wealthier residents move into a lower-income area. Baltimore is no exception to this trend, with some areas seeing home values rise as much as 137 percent after corporate dollars move in on opportunities in poverty-stricken areas.

Resident Joe Smith, a member of the white majority ethnic group, said outside of a brand-new Starbucks near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, “I don’t know why these blacks are destroying their own communities. Why don’t these people follow Martin Luther King’s example? Those guys got it good from the police back then too, but they didn’t try to rise up and fight back and make everyone uncomfortable, you know?”

Freddie Gray not injured during arrest, slammed inside van – report

Screenshot from video

The preliminary autopsy on Freddie Gray shows no evidence that his fatal injuries ‒ broken vertebrae and an injured voice box ‒ occurred during his arrest. It does show that he likely received a head injury while being transported, local WJLA reported.

Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Thursday morning that the Baltimore PD had turned over the results of its preliminary investigation to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City a day earlier than his self-imposed deadline.

The medical examiner found that Gray’s neck was most likely broken when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, sources who were briefed on the findings told the ABC affiliate.

He also suffered a head injury that appears to match a bolt in the back of the van.

“It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was result of some other action,” WJLA said, referring to conflicting accounts of Gray’s actions while being transported.

Between the time he was arrested and the time he arrived at the police station on April 12, the police driving the van stopped four times, including one where they picked up a second detainee.

That witness claimed that Gray was banging his head against walls.

The autopsy showed no evidence of Gray doing that however, according to WBAL reporter Jayne Miller.

Sources told her that, by the time the van made its fourth stop to pick up the second man, Gray was already unresponsive. The man told WBAL that he heard some banging noises for four seconds after he was loaded into the transport, but did not see Gray or hear him talk.

Gray was not seatbelted while in the van, even after police placed him in leg shackles. It is against Baltimore Police Department policy not to belt in detainees.

“They came, they did their job, they regret that someone was killed. But in their hearts and in their minds, they think that they did the right thing. And they hurt behind the backlash of it more than anything, and being left out there with no support,” the relative of one of the six officers involved with Gray’s arrest told WBAL.

All six of the officers have been suspended, but only five of the six have given voluntary statements about the incident.

The Baltimore PD turned over the results of its preliminary investigation to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Thursday morning, Commissioner Anthony Batts announced. According to his self-imposed deadline, the initial report was not due until Friday.

مدمرتان إيرانيتان عند مدخل باب المندب

أعلن قائد البحرية الإيرانية الخميس أن مدمرتين إيرانيتين أرسلتا إلى خليج عدن لحماية السفن التجارية متمركزتان حاليا عند مدخل مضيق باب المندب الاستراتيجي بين اليمن وجيبوت

وأوضح الأميرال حبيب الله سياري “نحن موجودون الآن في خليج عدن وتقوم المدمرتان البرز وبوشهر بدوريات تحديداً عند مدخل باب المندب”، بحسب ما نقلت عنه وكالة الأنباء الإيرانية

وأضاف “نحن في خليج عدن بموجب القوانين الدولية من أجل حماية السفن التجارية لبلادنا من تهديد القراصنة”

وكان مسؤول أميركي أعلن الأسبوع الماضي أن حاملة طائرات وسفينة مزودة بقاذفة صواريخ أميركية غادرتا المياه قبالة سواحل اليمن بعد عودة سفينتين إيرانيتين تشتبه واشنطن بأنهما تنقلان أسلحة إلى المتمردين الحوثيين في اليمن

لكن سياري قال إن “المعلومات التي أشارت إلى تلقي السفن الإيرانية تحذيرات غادرت على إثرها المنطقة ليست صحيحة”، موضحاً أن السفن الحربية الإيرانية “لن تدخل المياه الإقليمية لدول أخرى”، في إشارة إلى اليمن

وأضاف أن “المدمرتين ستظلان في المنطقة حتى 22 يونيو على أن تحل محلهما سفن أخرى”

وما زالت سبع سفن حربية أميركية متمركزة على مقربة من اليمن، حيث يواجه المتمردون الحوثيون المدعومون من إيران أنصار الرئيس الشرعي عبد ربه منصور هادي، ويتعرضون لغارات جوية من التحالف العربي الذي تقوده السعودية التي فرضت حصاراً جوياً وبحرياً على هذا البلد


El Rey recibe al presidente egipcio en la Zarzuela

Abdelfatah al Sisi, junto al rey Felipe VI. / Andrea Comas

  • Felipe VI ha abordado con Abdelfatah al Sisi, que visita por primera vez España, las perspectivas de cooperación bilateral, fundamentalmente en materia económica

  • El mandatario se reunirá también con Rajoy y está previsto que ambos firmen varios acuerdos de cooperación en las áreas de seguridad y lucha contra el crimen, turismo e infraestructuras y transportes

El Rey ha recibido en el Palacio de la Zarzuela al presidente de Egipto, Abdelfatah al Sisi, que visita por primera vez España y con quien ha tenido ocasión de tratar las perspectivas de la cooperación bilateral, fundamentalmente económica, y cuestiones de actualidad en la región mediterránea.

Don Felipe ha dado la bienvenida a Al Sisi ante la entrada del palacio y, tras posar junto a él para los medios gráficos en los jardines, le ha invitado a pasar a su despacho para mantener allí la entrevista, a la que han asistido los ministros de Asuntos Exteriores de España, José Manuel García-Margallo, y Egipto, Sameh Shoukry, así como los respectivos embajadores.

En la primera visita oficial a España de un presidente egipcio desde la que realizó Hosni Mubarak en 2004, Al Sisi busca profundizar la ya positiva cooperación política y ampliar unas relaciones económicas que aún disponen de un amplio margen de mejora, actualmente muy inferiores a las que España mantiene con países como Marruecos, Argelia o Arabia Saudí.

Acuerdos de cooperación

Tras su entrevista con el Rey, el jefe de Estado egipcio se reunirá con el presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, en el Palacio de la Moncloa, donde está previsto que se firmen varios acuerdos de cooperación en las áreas de seguridad y lucha contra el crimen, turismo e infraestructuras y transportes.

La cooperación bilateral contra el terrorismo yihadista y ante los flujos migratorios en el Mediterráneo son dos de los asuntos centrales de la agenda de Al Sisi en Madrid, junto al interés de Egipto por atraer inversiones españolas, especialmente en construcción, infraestructuras y energía, objetivo que ha marcado una reunión con empresas de ambos países, celebrada esta mañana.

El líder egipcio volverá a encontrarse hoy con don Felipe, acompañado por doña Letizia, en el almuerzo que los Reyes ofrecerán en su honor en el Palacio Real, tras el que visitará el Congreso de los Diputados, donde será recibido por el presidente de la Cámara, Jesús Posada.

Felipe VI coincidió con Al Sisi el pasado 30 de enero -el día que el Monarca cumplió 47 años- en Adis Abeba, donde ambos participaron en la cumbre de la UA y mantuvieron una reunión bilateral en la que el Rey expresó la voluntad de España de aumentar la presencia económica en Egipto y de proseguir su apoyo al proceso de paz en Oriente Próximo.

Asimismo, don Felipe coincidió con Al Sisi en la necesidad de proseguir la lucha internacional contra el terrorismo y garantizó la implicación de España en este objetivo con un papel importante desde su puesto de miembro no permanente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU.

Saudi-led warplanes pound Houthis in Yemen

Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden

A Saudi-led coalition pressed on with air strikes Thursday against a militia group in south Yemen where fierce clashes raged between the insurgents and southern pro-government fighters, sources said.

Warplanes hit Houthi militia positions in the main southern city of Aden, in the districts of Khor Maksar and Dar Saad, helping pro-government forces to retake positions, sources among the southern fighters said.

Eight people were killed in overnight clashes in Aden, including five pro-government fighters and three civilians, according to the city’s health chief Al-Khader Laswar.

He said 44 others were wounded. Details of losses on the rebel side were not available.

Shiite Houthi fighters backed by troops loyal to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh had made advances in Aden, which is now defended by local militia dubbed “popular resistance” units that have sided with forces loyal to embattled President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Saudi Arabia assembled a multi-country coalition last month that launched attacks on the rebels following a request by Hadi, who has since fled Aden to Riyadh.

Although the coalition said it had halted its air campaign on April 21, strikes have continued to pound rebel positions throughout Yemen.

Overnight raids targeted Houthis in the southern provinces of Lahj and Abyan, southern fighters said.

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people have been killed in fighting in Yemen since late March.


مصر تتجه شمالا.. محور مصري يوناني قبرصي

القمة المصرية اليونانية القبرصية

شهدت عاصمة قبرص نيقوسيا الأربعاء 29 أبريل/نيسان قمة مصرية يونانية قبرصية بحث رؤساء الدول الثلاث فيها التعاون الاقتصادي فيما بينها، وقضايا أخرى تتعلق بتشكيل ملامح “محور” إقليمي

جاءت القمة الثلاثية المصرية – اليونانية – القبرصية (بين الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي والرئيس القبرصي نيكوس أنستاسيادس ورئيس وزراء اليونان أليكسيس تسيبراس) لمتابعة نتائج القمة الثلاثية التي عقدت في القاهرة في نوفمبر/تشرين ثاني عام 2014 والتي أعطت قوة دفع جديدة للتعاون القائم بين الدول الثلاث وأتاحت الفرصة أمام مصر لتعزيز التعاون مع كل من قبرص واليونان في مختلف المجالات وبما يتناسب مع التنسيق السياسي بين الدول الثلاث في المحافل الإقليمية والدولية

وتركزت القمة الثلاثية الحالية على سبل تعزيز العلاقات على المستويات السياسية والاقتصادية كافة وتعزيز التنسيق بين مصر وقبرص واليونان في المحافل الدولية لصالح تحقيق الاستقرار والأمن في منطقتي الشرق الأوسط والبحر المتوسط ومكافحة الإرهاب في المنطقة

ويرى مراقبون أن القمة الثانية جاءت لتضع النقاط على الحروف بشأن عدد من القضايا التي يمكن أن تنقسم إلى قسمين رئيسيين. الأول، دفع التعاون الاقتصادي على المستويين الثنائي والثلاثي وترسيم الحدود البحرية. والثاني، تشكيل ملامح محور إقليمي – متوسطي

وفي الوقت نفسه، يرى قطاع آخر أن هذه القمة يمكن وضعها تحت عنوان القمة “المتوسطية”، نظرا لتركيز السيسي على “أن البحر المتوسط يجمع بين مصر وقبرص ويحفز البلدين على العيش المشترك”، بينما أعرب رئيس الوزراء اليوناني عن أهمية “استثمار العلاقات المتميزة التى تجمع بين بلاده وكل من مصر وقبرص لدفع العلاقات المتوسطية قُدما، سيما فيما يتعلق بمكافحة الإرهاب ومواجهة كل التحديات التى تشهدها منطقة المتوسط”

وتم خلال القمة بحث سبل تعزيز التعاون المشترك في عدد من المجالات، خصوصا النقل والتجارة والسياحة والطاقة. وتم الاتفاق على اقتراح رئيس الوزراء اليوناني بتشكيل لجنة فنية لدفع التعاون فى المجالات الاقتصادية المختلفة، وأخرى لترسيم الحدود البحرية بين الدولتين، وأهمية استشراف آفاق جديدة للتعاون فى مختلف المجالات على المستويات الثنائية من خلال اللجنة المشتركة بين البلدين. وتم الاتفاق أيضا على المقترح اليوناني برفع مستوى اللجنة المشتركة لتكون برئاسة رئيسي وزراء البلدين

متابعون للشؤون المتوسطية يرون أنه على الرغم من المشهد الاقتصادي المثير للقلق لدى الدول الثلاث، إلا أن الإرادة السياسية يمكن أن تلعب دورا مهما في تطوير مسار العلاقات بين مصر واليونان وقبرص وترفعها إلى مصاف المركز المستقبلي لعلاقات متوسطية جديدة لها آفاق واعدة

ولا يشك المراقبون في أن الدول الثلاث سوف تنجح في ترسيم الحدود البحرية التي أثارت لغطا شديدا في الفترة الأخيرة بعد اكتشاف ثروات مختلفة ومتنوعة على تلك الحدود. ولكنهم يشيرون في الوقت نفسه إلى وجود كل من تركيا وإسرائيل في المنطقة المتوسطية. بمعنى أن الأمور لن تسير على خط مستقيم، بل يجب إشراك قوى أخرى في المنطقة. وهو ما يستدعي العمل السياسي والدبلوماسي لتقريب وجهات النظر والمواقف

إن مصر تستثمر تاريخها المشترك مع كل من اليونان وقبرص لتشكيل ما يشبه المحور في ظل التغيرات المتسارعة في المنطقة من جهة، ونظرا لوجود أزمات سياسية من جهة أخرى، سواء بين مصر وتركيا، أو بين تركيا واليونان. وهي أزمات وخلافات تاريخية من الصعب حلها على المديين القريب والمتوسط

وليست مصادفة أن يشيد رئيس وزراء اليونان “بالدور الرائد الذى تلعبه مصر على الصعيدين العربي والإسلامي، وحرص بلاده على زيادة التعاون والتنسيق المشترك بين البلدين خلال المرحلة المقبلة”. وهو ما فسره مراقبون بالارتياح الشديد في العلاقات بين القاهرة وأثينا، وأن الثانية تمنح الأولى ثقة تاريخية لتعويض دور ما يمكن أن تقوم به تركيا. أو بالأحرى سحب أي دور في المجالين الإسلامي والعربي لتركيا وإسناده إلى مصر

كثير من المراقبين يعربون عن تفاؤلهم بإمكانية تطوير هذا المحور بما يتسق والتحولات الجديدة في منطقة المتوسط على المستويين الأمني والاقتصادي، وبالذات في مكافحة الإرهاب وتأمين خطوط نقل الطاقة، والتعاون المتبادل مع دول مثل روسيا


German govt accused of lying to parliament about NSA spying

A general view shows an entrance gate in the north part of the compound of the German Federal Intelligence Agency

A general view shows an entrance gate in the north part of the compound of the German Federal Intelligence Agency

Angela Merkel’s government has been accused of lying to the country’s parliament after it was alleged that it knew German spies were conducting economic espionage for the NSA. Revelations show that some spooks were even spying on German companies.

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, who is a close ally of Chancellor Merkel denied on Wednesday that he had lied to parliament about the German Intelligence Agency (BND) cooperating with the National Security Agency (NSA). He said that the allegations are untrue and he could disprove the claims through documents, which need to remain secret.

Bild newspaper ran a report Wednesday saying that he had been “lying in black and white” with regards to the case; a picture of the minister with Pinnochio’s long nose was used to convey the message.

“I do follow the rules,” Maiziere said in a statement Wednesday. “That’s my understanding about the treatment of top secret information. It is in my own interest to clear these accusations up. They are not true and the documents would show that.”

On April 14, the Interior Ministry had released a statement saying: “We have no knowledge of alleged economic espionage by the NSA or other US agencies in other countries,” in response to a question from the opposition Linke (Left Party).

However, last week it emerged that the NSA had asked Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND, to obtain sensitive records, such as email and IP addresses as well as telephone numbers to help the American agency spy on certain European companies.

Eurocopter, the French government and the defense firm EADS allegedly were among the company’s targets, although German Chancellor Angela Merkel was said to have been left in the dark about the BND’s activities.

The equivalent would have been if Germany had asked the NSA to spy on NASA or Boeing, requesting that no information about the matter be passed Barack Obama, to ensure no damage would be done to the relationship between the two countries.

Several times a day, the BND reportedly downloaded the NSA selectors into their monitoring system and used them to spy on targets. The results were sent to the German agency’s headquarters in Pullach for evaluation, and then, to some extent, to the NSA, Spiegel Online revealed, adding that the NSA sent about 800,000 ‘selectors’ to the BND in total.

Since at least 2008, BND employees felt they were being asked to perform tasks they did not have the authorization to carry out, as they were not covered by the 2002 Memorandum of Agreement between Germany and the US, aimed at combating global terrorism, the magazine said.

It wasn’t until 2013, in the midst of the Edward Snowden revelations, that an investigation into the spying activities took place. The probe revealed that 2,000 of the selectors actually violated German and Western European interests, with many used to spy on politicians.

However, the revelations were not reported to the Chancellor’s Office, according to Zeit Online. Instead, one of the BND’s department chiefs simply asked the NSA to stop making such requests.

Konstantin von Notz, deputy parliamentary leaders of the Greens, told Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper that he found it “hard to imagine” that the Chancellor’s Office was unaware of the collaboration between the two spy agencies.

“The limit has now been exceeded. The chancellor must explain the situation,” he added.

Left Party leader Gregor Gysi has called the collaboration a “scandal” and demanded an end to “conformism with the US administration,” Deutsche Welle reported

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Egypt president says parliament elections to be held in 2015


Egypt’s president says the country’s delayed parliamentary elections will take place before the end of 2015.

In an interview with El Mundo newspaper published Wednesday, a day before his official visit to Spain, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says: “I give my word – they will be held before the end of the year.”

The parliamentary vote initially was set to take place in phases beginning on March 22. It is the final phase in a transition period following the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the military, led by el-Sissi at the time. He says the vote was delayed because of constitutional appeals.

Egypt has not had an elected legislature since 2012, when the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that parliament’s lower chamber was not constitutionally elected.

Former Crown Prince Muqrin pledges allegiance to successor, deputy

New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and the newly appointed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received pledges of allegiance from former Crown Prince Muqrin.

New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and the newly appointed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received pledges of allegiance from former Crown Prince Muqrin.

New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and the newly appointed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received pledges of allegiance from former Crown Prince Muqrin on Wednesday evening in Riyadh.

The former crown prince arrived to Qasr al-Hukm (Governance palace) to pledge allegiance to Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Earlier on Wednesday, a royal decree aired on state television announced the appointment of Prince Mohammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince replacing the now former Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz who had requested to step down.


Another decree also aired on Wednesday instated King Salman’s son and the Kingdom’s Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown princes.

via Former Crown Prince Muqrin pledges allegiance to successor, deputy – Al Arabiya News.

Paul camp accuses Clinton of running from husband’s legacy with prison reform speech

April 29, 2015: Hillary Clinton speaks at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum in New York

April 29, 2015: Hillary Clinton speaks at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum in New York

Sen. Rand Paul‘s presidential campaign mocked Hillary Clinton’s call Wednesday for justice reform, claiming she’s running from policies her husband advocated during the Clinton administration.

In a speech at New York’s Columbia University, and in response to the Baltimore violence, the Democratic presidential candidate decried what she described as “mass incarceration” for low-level offenders.

“We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America,” she said, adding: “We need to restore balance to our criminal justice system.”

But, within hours, her speech earned a rebuke from another declared presidential candidate, Kentucky Republican Sen. Paul, who for years has focused on the issue of criminal justice reform.

His campaign sent out an email accusing Clinton of pushing ideas that would “undo some of Bill Clinton’s work — the same work she cheerfully supported as First Lady.” His campaign cited the Clinton administration’s “war on drugs” focus, pointing in part to a report that highlighted the findings of the Justice Policy Institute. They found “the number of prisoners under federal jurisdiction doubled” under the Clinton administration.

Paul’s campaign accused Hillary Clinton of trying to reverse that legacy while also “emulating proposals” that Paul himself has pushed — like moving away from mandatory minimum sentencing.

Still, the campaign said: “We welcome her to the fight.”

Clinton on Wednesday made a few specific policy proposals. She called for every police department in the country to have body cameras to record interactions. And she called for overhauling sentencing.

“Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty,” she said. “It’s time to end the era of mass incarceration.”

She called for a national debate on the matter, but urged — among other ideas — “alternative punishments” for low-level offenders. She also criticized certain mandatory minimum sentences. A Clinton aide said she also backs additional support for mental health and drug treatment and changes to the probation system.

Clinton’s speech was her first major public policy address as a 2016 candidate. She effectively was trying to link the riots and protests in Baltimore — over the death of Freddie Gray — with underlying problems in these communities and called for reform.

On the heels of violent riots, which largely subsided Tuesday night, the Democratic presidential candidate also said “the violence has to stop.” But she said Gray’s death while in police custody, after suffering a severe spinal injury, is part of an “unmistakable and undeniable” pattern.

Several declared and potential presidential candidates have also weighed in on the situation in Baltimore in recent days, including former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley — who cut short a trip in Ireland to return to the city.

O’Malley, who is considering a Democratic primary run against Clinton, said on Twitter that the city “must come together” to “transform this moment of loss” into a “more just future.”

On Tuesday, former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush stressed that those filling the streets need to follow the law.

“When you have a situation where churches are burned and when nursing homes that are under construction to deal with frail elders are burned to the ground, there has to be a commitment to the rule of law and to law enforcement,” he said.

Clinton said Tuesday night during a New York fundraiser that Gray’s death and the aftermath were “heartbreaking,” pointing to injuries to police officers and the burning of homes and small businesses.

“We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system,” she said.

Clinton spoke Wednesday at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum, named after the former New York mayor.