'This is Nazism': Fury in Portland as Trump allegedly sends troops in unmarked vans to apprehend BLM protesters
Amid all the unrest in the United States, reports say that federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and have been detaining protesters since July 14. A string of personal accounts and video clips started floating on social media that show how officers nabbed individuals without any explanation and drove off.
This comes in the wake of US President Donald Trump's statement when he said that they plan to “quell” nightly protests outside the federal courthouse and Multnomah County Justice Center that lasted for more than six weeks. Not just that, barely two days after a demonstrator was critically wounded by a federal law enforcement official who fired an impact munition at the man’s head, Trump said that they did “a great job.”
According to multiple reports, at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far have been arrested and released. An OPB report says that officers from the US Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC have been sent to Portland to protect federal property during recent protests against racism and police brutality.
The news has sent shock waves on the Internet and people cannot believe the injustice. A tweet read: "The whole country's eyes should be on what's happening in Portland. Trump has sent federal troops into the city to intimidate, harass, and arrest protesters. Don't *ever* let a Republican tell you they're the party of states rights." Another Twitter user posted, "What the hell is going on with the Portland police?"
Another Twitter thread read: "Portland Police officers knock a protester off of his bicycle and arrest him outside of Lownsdale Square Park near the Federal Courthouse downtown," and continued, "Protesters in Lownsdale Square Park and Chapman Square in Portland were cleared out and told to stay out of the street. I’ve seen 5 arrests total by Portland Police." You can see the disturbing video here.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown tweeted, "This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety. The President is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government."
Many shed light on the ugly truth on the microblogging platform. "There's a big story here that no one has fully reported on: Trump's federalized police, with no insignia and in unmarked vans, already deployed in Washington 6/1 and now in Portland," one tweet read and another said, "Wait, didn't you see they set some pallets on fire in Portland? Some PALLETS. On FIRE. We should totally listen to what they have to say now."
"TRUMP IS SENDING UNIDENTIFIABLE AGENTS TO PORTLAND TO ILLEGALLY APPREHEND PEOPLE FROM THE STREETS OF PORTLAND AND TAKE THEM AWAY IN UNMARKED, UNLICENSED VEHICLES. IS THIS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? NO! THIS IS NAZISM," one angry Twitter user wrote another posted, "All they have to do to end the violence in Portland is not arrest people extrajudiciously." One went on to say: "Make no mistake: the President has sent Federal forces to 'calm' Portland because he knows that he cannot win this state and it makes him look like a tough bully boy in Iowa. Donald Trump is toxic for America."