The mayor of Portland, oregon, Ted Wheeler, has again called on Sunday to the departure of the forces of order and federal deployed in this city in the north-west of the United States, claiming they were fanning the violence that has wracked the city for nearly two months.
“We have tens, if not hundreds of federal agents deployed in our city,” and they contribute to a ” serious deterioration of the situation “, he said on CNN.
“Their presence causes more violence, and more vandalism, this does not help at all (to calm) the situation. They are not welcome and we want them to leave, ” explained the mayor, a democrat.
Federal agents have been sent to put an end to the demonstrations held in front of the tribunal of the city to protest against police brutality and racism.
The rallies, interspersed with skirmishes with the police, are regularly dispersed with blows of tear gas.
The protesters have also attempted to set fire to the headquarters of the police Association of the city in the night from Saturday to Sunday, police said on Twitter.
President Donald Trump has defended himself on Twitter on Sunday that deployment of troops.
“We need to protect the federal buildings, and our people “, he wrote, blaming local leaders “missing persons” who have ” lost control of the anarchists and agitators for months “.
The protests began after the death in late may of George Floyd, an African-American was asphyxiated under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis.
The anger has intensified after a series of arrests of protesters in the streets of the city by police officers, without providing a reason.
“People are literally kidnapped in the rental vehicle commoditized,” said Ted Wheeler. “They don’t know who put them in the vehicles, (police officers) do not identify themselves. According to me, it is unconstitutional “.
Human rights activists and elected officials in the us were strongly denounced Friday the arrests and the prosecutor of the State, Ellen Rosenblum, said she would take a complaint against the “tactics of fear” of the federal forces.
The minister of internal Security, Ken Cuccinelli, acknowledged Friday the arrests, explaining that they were conducted in the streets to protect the federal agents and bring on the protesters suspected of violence ” in a safe place to be interviewed “.
“We stop in front of the court, and if it locates the other hand, it will stop the other hand “, he said on public radio NPR.