US President Donald Trump today ordered the withdrawal of the 3,900 National Guard elements deployed to control the demonstrations against racism and police violence that have rocked the capital and the country in the past two weeks.
“I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, now that everything is under control. They go home, but can return quickly if necessary. Last night there were far fewer protesters than expected, ”said the White House leader, in a message posted on the social network Twitter.
The order comes on the same day that some American media outlets revealed, based on the testimony of a government official, that the president proposed last Monday to move 10,000 military personnel to the streets of Washington and elsewhere. cities to contain the protests.
The proposal appeared to have arisen in a debate in the White House Oval Office, but, according to the CBS television station, met opposition from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, and US Attorney General. United States, William Barr.
Alternatively, to respond to Trump’s will, Esper and Miley contacted the governors of the affected states and pushed for the mobilization of the National Guard.
Donald Trump has stressed the objective of restoring “law and order” in the country, a message that he has repeated today on the social network Twitter.
Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in several cities in the United States, including New York and Washington, against police violence, after African-American George Floyd died when a policeman pressed his knee with his neck.
The demonstrations, which have been going on for 12 days, reached 650 cities in the 50 US states, and extended on Saturday to other countries, including Portugal.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a white policeman kneeled him in the neck for about eight minutes in a detention operation, although Floyd said who couldn’t breathe.
Since the disclosure of the images on social networks, protests against police violence and racism have occurred in dozens of American cities, some of which have been the scene of looting.
The four policemen involved in the case were fired, and Agent Derek Chauvin, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck, was charged with second-degree murder, risking a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The rest will respond for assistance and complicity in second-degree murder and involuntary homicide.
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