The threat of federal intervention, New York puts an end to an encampment of protesters

Menacée d’intervention fédérale, New York met fin à un campement de manifestants

Finished the camp that had developed in June of protesters against racial inequalities before the New York city hall: the city hall democrat has to clean the site on Wednesday, under increasing pressure, in particular of Donald Trump, who threatens to send federal agents to restore ” order “.

The new york police, accompanied by cleaning agents and lawyers, came before dawn to dismantle the tents and hunt the fifty people remained on the spot, without being struck or injured, said the head of the new york police Dermot Shea, at a press briefing.

The mayor, democrat Bill de Blasio, an ardent defender of the right to protest and the movement against the racial inequalities that followed the death of the Afro-American George Floyd at the end of may, was presented as a more thoughtful cleaning up the site dubbed ” Occupy City Hall “, in tribute to the movement “Occupy Wall Street” born in 2011 that, months, had decried the abuses of capitalism.

“In recent weeks, the rally was smaller, it was less a protest and more of a gathering of homeless,” said the mayor. “It was time to act.”

Since the end of major events for George Floyd in New York, the pressure rose to put an end to the camp and the graffiti wild that it has generated on several municipal buildings and statues, close to federal buildings.

On Monday, Donald Trump threatened to send federal agents in New York as in other bastions of the democrats, to protect the federal buildings and, more broadly, to ” restore order “.

These threats have stirred a furor among democrats, citing as an example the interventions controversial federal agents against protesters in Portland (north-west), see their unusual use a drift ” authoritarian “.

Mr. De Blasio reiterated on Wednesday that New York would attack the federal government in court if federal agents were deployed in the capital of the american economy.

But the pressure on the municipality is also the governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo.

This last was said on Wednesday “very troubled” by the rise of crime in New York city and other signs of the “decline” of the metropolis, which is idling after having been severely hit by the pandemic.

The governor indicated that he had spoken to the us president on Tuesday to ask him not to send federal agents in New York and assure him that he would take him-the same action if necessary.

“I’m worried, but not to the point of declaring a state of emergency,” he said.

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