US President Donald Trump has announced tough crackdown on rioters in the face of anti-racism protests. In a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House, Trump described the riots as "acts of domestic terror". If the cities and states affected do not take the necessary measures, he will deploy soldiers "and quickly solve the problem for them".
In his short-term speech, Trump announced the deployment of "thousands of heavily armed" soldiers and police officers in the capital, Washington, to "stop rioting, looting, vandalism, attacks, and the deliberate destruction of property." The president described the outbreaks of violence during the protests in Washington as "total shame".
Death after brutal police operation
Demonstrations against police violence, racism and social injustice have been going on in many US cities for days. The protests were triggered by the death of African American George Floyd after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The demonstrations were partly violent. The riots had recently also occurred in the immediate vicinity of the White House.
"I am your president for law and order," Trump said to the population. He would fight to protect the country and its citizens. What happened in the past few days can be equated with terror in part. The country needs security and not anarchy, justice and not chaos. "This is our mission and we will win."