Pentagon chief Mark Esper on Wednesday said he did not want to expose the military to the United States, while protests against racism continue in the country following the death of George Floyd, who was choked during a police arrest.
In a clear disagreement with Donald Trump, the US Secretary of Defense on Wednesday, June 3, said the idea of deploying the army in major US cities to curb the huge protest movement expressed against racism and police brutality.
These statements by Mark Esper, Pentagon’s chief, came as the country was preparing for another day of protest, after a week of peaceful protests, but also concerns, especially at night, with crowds continuing to defy curfew. .
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However, the night from Tuesday to Wednesday was quieter, with local looting after a day of large peaceful marches.
Trump calms his game
On Monday, as the situation degenerated into riots in many cities, President Trump had threatened to deploy troops “to resolve the issue quickly,” remarks were immediately condemned by the opposition who saw it as an autocratic operation.
“I’m not going to explain the state of the uprising,” which would allow the Republican billionaire to put soldiers in front of American citizens, and not the National Guard reserve that is currently the case, MarkEsper said Wednesday.
In the evening, Donald Trump seemed to calm his game. “That’s because, I don’t think we will need” to do so, the US president told Newsmax TV when asked if he would send the army into of American cities.
“No peace without justice”
In Washington, where the curfew had not been renewed for Wednesday night, a large police force was deployed during the early hours to close access to the White House.
The day before, thousands of protesters had quietly protested the death of George Floyd – an American black man who was killed by a police officer during his May 25 arrest in Minneapolis – and more generally against racism and police violence in the United States. United.
“No justice, no peace” or “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” (“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”) Shouted the protesters, who were quite young and of all origins.
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Many of them stopped after the curfew when the situation was much calmer than the past two days; especially Monday night when the surrounding area of the White House evacuated manu militaries to allow Donald Trump to go out into the street and pose with a copy of the Bible in front of the small church facing the center of the US executive power.
Donald Trump denies he is protected
The president seemed willing to act bravely after the press reports that he had been swiftly protected Friday night by the Secret Service in a secure bunker during a demonstration outside his presidential residence.
“It was false information,” he said on Wednesday morning, explaining that he had really been escorted to the bunker, but during the day, therefore before the demonstrations, for “inspections.”
In total, police have made more than 9,000 arrests across the country in recent days, according to an estimate reported by US media. For acts of violence, degradation or for not following the exit.
Derek Chauvin, a police officer who allegedly killed George Floyd during his arrest, was arrested and charged with murder. The other three officers who let him do so have been fired from the police but are not currently being pursued.