U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has “no choice” but to send hundreds of federal troops to Chicago, among other places. He said he was sending federal special forces to communities where “violent crime is spreading like the plague”.
According to Trump, who flags law and order in his election campaign, the Department of Justice will send troops to the city of Chicago “without delay”. Justice Minister William Barr, for his part, said at a news conference that “Operation Legend” will relocate 200 military uniformed officials to Chicago.
Trump justifies sending troops with the rhetoric of law and order, but he is estimated to aim to suppress anti-racist protests.
The mayor of Chicago has previously stated his opposition to the entry of federal troops into the city.
In Chicago, which was plagued by armed violence on Tuesday, 14 people were wounded in the shooting.
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The number of shootings has increased significantly in various U.S. cities this summer, AFP says. In Chicago alone, more than 60 people have been shot last weekend, 14 of whom have died.
On Monday, Trump warned that he could also send federal authorities to New York and other democratically driven cities to protect federal buildings and deal with what Trump calls a collapse of law and order.
Federal troops have already been sent to Portland in the past, where the means to incite protests have been harsh. Troops have been accused of, among other things, hijacking protesters into civilian vans, and on Tuesday night, for example, federal troops fired on protesters with tear gas, pepper balls and blind grenades. In Portland, the protests have continued for 54 nights in the tube.
On Wednesday, Trump said he wanted to make law enforcement “stronger, not weaker” and added that more authorities should be hired instead of cutting police budgets.
Anti-racism protests that have erupted since the death of George Floyd have called for a cut in police funding or the abolition of police facilities.
Sources also include Reuters and the New York Times.