The occupation of Washington, D.C.
“We ain’t destroying our city no more, we’re taking our city back,” a protester told the Washington Post Tuesday afternoon, as he led a group towards the national mall. His comment was as if designed to pre-empt specious reports that any police aggression to come had been triggered. The group that eventually settled in front of the Lincoln Memorial spoke so quietly that an NBC newscaster gave his dispatch in a stage whisper, to avoid interrupting. The scene cast a sharp contrast to the police force that loomed over the protesters. The officers staggered across the steps, blocking the protesters from what has long been the symbolic center of public protest in America. Wearing army fatigues and body armor, they looked like what they were: an army occupying ground.
as if designed to pre-empt specious reports thatanypolice aggressionto comehad been triggered. The group that eventually settled in front of the Lincoln Memorial spoke so quietly that anNBC newscastergave his dispatch in a stage whisper, to avoid interrupting. The scene cast a sharp contrast to the police force that loomed over the protesters. The officers staggered across the steps, blocking the protesters from what has long been the symbolic center of public protest in America. Wearing army fatigues and body armor, they looked like what they were: an army occupying ground.
AdvertisementIt’s not hard to miss that when the president floated dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers,” he was threatening just such a scene. The call for a righteous army to descend on the capital came during a Monday address from the Rose Garden, a speech given just minutes before officers thrust a gathering in front of the White House into chaos with rubber bullets and chemical projectiles, anticipating the city’s curfew, to the protesters’ confusion and horror, by some 25 minutes.
For days Trump has been pushing for military intervention and increased federal control in the capital. Conservative lawmakers have taken to this proposal thirstily, arguing that a show of military power is required to take back the country from what Rep. Tom Cotton described in
New York Timesop-ed as an “orgy of violence” produced by “nihilist criminals.”In Cotton’s twisted vision, the use of the military in the ‘50s and ‘60s to carryout de-segregation orders justifies its use 60 years later touphold white supremacy, and quash protests that Cotton somehow equates with “domestic violence.”
AdvertisementYet the military exists to guard power, and its use is an all-encompassing play that ensures that birthright, once given, is kept. And Trump has done his best to transform Washington into a version of Cotton’s fantasy; he’sordered military planes to hover over the city, in the type of “show-of-force” mission more typically used to warn of incoming troops—an operation reportedly called “Operation Themis” after the Greek figure Themis, a Titaness of “divine law and order.” (That this name is shared with an
Italian programdesigned to secure the country’s borders and eliminate “terrorist threats” is appropriate) Trump has suggested taking over the direction of the city’s police force, a move quickly countered as unprecedented and decidedly illegal by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Even the city’s curfew is a warning to residents to expect and plan for violence. “It’s after 7, they can do whatever they want to you,” one protester told the
.“There are no rules.”Yet at this point, any distinction between soldiers and police officers is negligible—an invisible separation limited to the material composition of the bullets in their respective guns. Though Trump has not yet invoked, a rarely-used tool allowing the president to commandeer the military for domestic use, altercations on the ground depict a city that is occupied in everything but name.
This is not the DC police, who are controlled by the mayor. These are federal officers. Trump has screwed America with the help of his rich friends and crooked GOP! TRUMP HATES AMERICA ! The Devil 👿 is leading America NO JUSTICE NO PEACE ✌️
White House Officials Asked If They Could Take Over D.C.’s Local PoliceJohn Falcicchio, the D.C. mayor’s chief of staff, confirmed to the Washington Post. Excellent What the fuck does this even mean? Is Mike Pence gonna put on riot gear? Tf US 🇺🇸 is DONE ✅
Protests show no sign of fading more than a week after the death of George FloydSome of those in Lafayette Square said they were taking to the streets for the first time, motivated by President Trump 's walk to a nearby church Monday that was preceded with tear gas and flash bangs used to clear out dissenters. This was already debunked. But you do you. Drag Donald out of his hideout Still running with the debunked tear gas thing, huh?
Hundreds of National Guard troops flow into D.C. from around the countryThe troops will join local and federal police and the D.C. National Guard in Washington. I. Arrest 3 Police Officers for Accessory to Murder II. Federal Mandates& Consent Decrees Against Racism *Get Law Enforcement Knee Off Our Neck III. Raise the Minimum Wage Above Poverty Line IV. Create Jobs Re-Build & Innovate America Infrastructure V. Affordable Health Care
Low-flying military helicopters used to disperse George Floyd protesters in Washington, D.C.The intense winds created by the helicopters reportedly caused part of a tree to nearly hit pedestrians. has anyone interviewed the shop owners and employees affected by the looting and how they will recover, or if they are getting funding and help from their local WH representative? and if local people are helping them clean up etc? protests Trump Will Trump bring on the tanks and with that his next photo-op?
Twitter became a major vehicle for misinformation about unrest in D.C.Started by an account with just three followers, the hashtag exploded in popularity, generating about half a million tweets in its first nine hours after being created. Damage control🤣 Same across Portland. Like these peaceful protesters here:
Trump Responds to Violent Protests by Pushing Governors to Get ToughPresident Trump called for a tougher government response to the violent unrest that has followed widespread peaceful protests against police brutality, authorizing the deployment of troops to Washington, D.C. Democrats are the new terrorists in the world Why you lying!! You know what he did was wrong! He didn't even try to speak to the protesters!! Yes because those guys are criminals