Washington: President Donald Trump vowed Monday to carry out a military crackdown on the violent protests that repressed a generation of the United States, saying he was sending thousands of soldiers to the streets of the capital and threatening to deploy soldiers to uncontrollable states.
The dramatic escalation took place a week after the death of George Floyd of Minneapolis, an unarmed black man, fixed on his neck by a police officer with his knees-leading to decades The worst civil strife in Los Angeles, New York, and dozens of other American cities.
After Trump was criticized for keeping silent about the deteriorating crisis, Trump struck the cordon in a national speech at the White House, and the police fired tear gas at the protesters outside.
“I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property,” he said.
He slammed the previous night s unrest in Washington as a “total disgrace” and called on governors to act quickly and forcefully to “dominate the streets.”
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said, denouncing “acts of domestic terror”.
After his speech, protesters outside the White House were cleared so that the president could cross the road to the two-century old St. John’s Church, which was hit by graffiti and partially burned during Sunday’s turmoil.
“We have a great country,” Trump declared as he stood before the church s boarded up windows, held up a Bible and posed for photographs.
The backlash was swift.
“What the president did today was he called out the American military against American citizens,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter.
“He used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church. It s all just a reality TV show for this president.”
Since the death of Floyd, thousands of people across the country have participated in demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
This was the most widespread unrest in the United States since 1968, when the city was shining with the killing of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Many demonstrations are peaceful and carry signs of catharsis moments, such as police officers hugging tearful protesters, marching or kneeling next to them.