Einsatz von Bundestruppen in US infographic
Grafik zeigt US Städte, die mit Bedrohung durch Bundestruppen rechnen müssen.


Zusätzliche Bundestruppen in US Städten

By Duncan Mil

July 23, 2020 - US Präsident Donald Trump hat gedroht, dass er eine "Welle" von Bundestruppen einsetzen will um Gewalt in von Demokraten verwalteten Städten zu unterdrücken. Mit diesem Schritt will er sein "Law and Order" Bild in der Bevölkerung vor den Wahlen im November verstärken.

On Wednesday night, in the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler was tear-gassed by federal agents along with crowds protesting the presence of federal officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Protests spread following the police killing of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. U.S. Attorney General William Barr called in thousands of state National Guard units from around the country to occupy the streets of Washington DC.

In Portland, unidentified federal officers are apprehending protesters under the authority of an executive order signed by President Trump on June 26 to protect federal statues, memorials and property.

But on Wednesday, Trump declared his intent to send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque to fight violent crime. The president said more cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland in California, could see similar enforcement.

In Chicago, Illinois, Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot has responded to a plan to send 200 federal officers. “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” she wrote in a tweet on Tuesday night.

The mayors of Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, DC, signed a joint letter to Attorney General Barr rejecting the federal takeover of local law enforcement.

These leaders were joined by nine more mayors in a petition to Congress to launch an investigation into Barr’s so-called “Operation Legend” initiative launched on July 8.

PUBLISHED: 23/07/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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