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War on Protesters and Journalists by Trump Regime Federal Agents

Written by Subject: Trump Administration

War on Protesters and Journalists by Trump Regime Federal Agents

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)

The Trump regime sent unidentified masked federal agents in unmarked vans to abduct protesters in Portland, OR and attack journalists covering what's gone on for weeks.

Demonstrators have been largely peaceful. Small numbers committed acts of violence and vandalism.

It's unclear if they acted on their own or if these actions were orchestrated in similar fashion to months of made-in-the-USA violence and vandalism in Hong Kong.

Reportedly, federal agents in Portland are so-called DHS Federal Protective Service elements along with Customs and Border Protection agents.

In response to demands by state and local authorities for Trump to call off his dogs and leave law enforcement to Portland police, he vowed to keep them there send more of the same to other US cities run by what he called "liberal" Dems.

He named New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, and Chicago as likely destinations for unwanted federal shock troops.

According to Channel 7 news Chicago, Trump intends "expanding a federal law enforcement presence in" the city.

In response, Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote to DJT, saying the following:

"What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago." 

"Any other form of militarized assistance within our borders that would not be within our control or within the direct command of the Chicago Police Department would spell disaster."

Separately, she said "(w)e welcome actual partnership, but we do not welcome dictatorship. We do not welcome authoritarianism."

Chicago and Illinois officials expressed concern about abductions of protesters by federal agents in Portland, saying they'll strongly contest similar Trump regime actions in the city and state.

Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker said he called acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf two days ago without getting a return call — calling the nonresponse "ridiculous."

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul issued a statement, saying the following:

"I remain deeply concerned by reports of the deployment of federal agents in Portland and by the president's threats to send federal agents to Chicago." 

"I am committed to using every resource available to my office to prevent actions that would lead to the violation of the constitutional rights of residents of Chicago and Illinois."

Gun violence in Chicago is part of the landscape, especially during warm weather summer months.

Last weekend from Friday night to midnight Sunday, 63 people were shot in the city, 12 fatally, the numbers especially high.

The presence of federal agents in Chicago, if act in similar fashion to what's going on in Portland could result in much higher numbers of casualties — why city and state officials are very leery about them showing up.

Discussing Trump regime police state repression in Portland, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) described a scene repeated numerous times, saying:

"Masked men in unrecognizable police uniforms jump out of unmarked vans and grab an activist who has been involved in demonstrations against a repressive state." 

"That person is disappeared. Is this Pinochet's Chile, apartheid South Africa or a scene from a John Clancy novel?"

It happens multiple times daily by apartheid Israel in the Occupied Territories, Palestinians targeted by being unwanted Arabs in a Jewish police state — subjecting them to collective punishment, a flagrant international humanitarian law breach, accountability never forthcoming.

It's happening in Portland and coming to other cities near you, perhaps your neighborhood or nearby.

On the pretext of restoring order, Trump regime thugs have license to operate extrajudicially, what police state viciousness is all about.

On Wednesday, acting DHS secretary Wolf said his shock troops arrested 43 Portland protesters this month.

Two Russian Channel One journalists were assaulted in the city, he failed to mention.

Photojournalist Vyacheslav Arkhipov was beaten with a baton and thrown to the ground, his camera seized and smashed by a DHS thug to destroy police state violence he filmed.

Fellow Russian journalist Yulia Olkhovskaya was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground while filming events with her cell phone, then stolen from her.

She, Arkhipov and Sputnik journalist Artur Babdrakhmanov were assaulted by tear gas — despite wearing clearly visible press badges.

US police state actions didn't originate under Trump. 

They were unleashed many times before by US authorities against labor and other activists since the 19th century, including union busting thuggery.

Terrorizing workers for organizing, notably in company controlled towns, they were thrown out of homes, beaten, shot, and hanged to leave management empowered.

During the 1892 Homestead Steel Works strike, seven workers were killed, dozens wounded, targeting them ordered by industrialist Andrew Carnegie and CEO Henry Clay Frick.

The landmark Chicago Haymarket Square protest for worker rights occurred on May 4, 1886, following a May 1 general strike for an eight-hour day.

Police attacked strikers. Along with numerous arrests, at least eight were killed, others wounded.

Seven so-called anarchists were arrested and convicted of murder, four executed.

Radicalized by the incident, Emma Goldman became a powerful voice for social justice through writing, lecturing, and other forms of activism.

Federal, state and local authorities serve and protect US privileged interests against beneficial social change.

Congressional legislation established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 when workers had few rights. 

Management had the upper hand, and took full advantage — supported by federal, state and local authorities.

What goes around comes around. 

Hard won worker rights gained by enactment of the landmark Wagner Act in 1935, establishing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that guaranteed labor the right to bargain collectively on equal terms with management for the first time, are largely gone.

Poverty wages, part-time, temp, and other rotten jobs with few or no benefits replaced the high-water time of labor-management relations 85 years ago.

Management and government yield nothing unless pushed relentlessly by sustained activism.

New Deal, Fair Deal, and Great Society America no longer exists — replaced by bipartisan support for neoliberal harshness and force-fed austerity that created a permanent large-scale underclass because of state-sponsored thirdworldizing of the US.

The only solution is taking to the streets nonviolently, boycotting and striking against exploitation and unfairness, paying with blood and lives of mass activism for positive change until won.

Nothing less can achieve equity and justice. Nothing can keep gains won but sustained energy longterm.

Today's America is unsafe and unfit to live in. Ordinary people have a choice.

Sustain nonviolent struggle for positive change or accept militarized ruler-serf society repression.

There's no in between, no chance for ballot box change — never was, likely never will be in the US and West.

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