O que está acontecendo em Portland?

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Desconfio que para essa pergunta não existe uma resposta. Já são quase dois meses de protestos e a situação no Oregon está muito confusa. Alguns articulistas norte-americanos tem descrito o conflito como uma luta para salvar a democracia.

Confira nos links abaixo.

Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun

Protesters are being snatched from the streets without warrants. Can we call it fascism yet?

Federal agents confronting Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore., on Monday
Noah Berger/Associated Press

…In 2017, the idea of unidentified agents in camouflage snatching leftists off the streets without warrants might have seemed like a febrile Resistance fantasy. Now it’s happening.

According to a lawsuit filed by Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, on Friday, federal agents “have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland, detain protesters, and place them into the officers’ unmarked vehicles” since at least last Tuesday. The protesters are neither arrested nor told why they’re being held.

…There’s something particularly terrifying in the use of Border Patrol agents against American dissidents. After the attack on protesters near the White House last month, the military pushed back on Trump’s attempts to turn it against the citizenry. Police officers in many cities are willing to brutalize demonstrators, but they’re under local control. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, is under federal authority, has leadership that’s fanatically devoted to Trump and is saturated with far-right politics.

It is true that C.B.P. is not an extragovernmental militia, and so might not fit precisely into Snyder’s “On Tyranny” schema. But when I spoke to Snyder on Monday, he suggested the distinction isn’t that significant. “The state is allowed to use force, but the state is allowed to use force according to rules,” he said. These agents, operating outside their normal roles, are by all appearances behaving lawlessly.

Snyder pointed out that the history of autocracy offers several examples of border agents being used against regime enemies.

“This is a classic way that violence happens in authoritarian regimes, whether it’s Franco’s Spain or whether it’s the Russian Empire,” said Snyder. “The people who are getting used to committing violence on the border are then brought in to commit violence against people in the interior.”

Federal Forces Clash With Demonstrators in Portland

Protesters gathered at the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland. Mason Trinca for The New York Times

Seguindo o fio do NYT

A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand.

As Portland entered its 50th night of protests on July 16, here’s a look back at how tensions between protesters and police have risen. (Monica Rodman/The Washington Post)

Vale a pena continuar a ver e a ler…

A Constitutional Crisis in Portland

I’ve been documenting violent and militarized police responses to protests in Portland for more than four years, but nothing prepared me for the unrestrained brutality I’ve witnessed and experienced in recent days. 

Night after night, since the police killing of George Floyd, people have been taking to the streets to demand an end to racist policing and a new vision of public safety for our community, one that protects the safety of our Black community members. Police in Portland, who have their own history of killings, have been meeting those demands with violent attempts to silence the protests.

...Militarized federal agents have flouted court orders protecting the rights of protesters from local law enforcement attacks, used sharpshooters to maim people, and deployed military tools and tactics — including sonic weapons and tear gas. Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland have been shot in the head with kinetic impact munitions, swept away in unmarked cars, and repeatedly tear gassed by federal agents. These government-issued weapons are funded with our tax dollars.

…Remember: Without people filming the police, the officers who murdered George Floyd would never have had to answer for his death.

…This is a fight to save our democracy — here in Portland and nationwide. And we’re just getting started. We will not let up until these federal agents leave our city, and these unconstitutional attacks on the right to protest against police brutality end.

In pictures: ‘Wall of Moms’ joins Portland’s anti-racism protests

Portland mum Bev Barnum put out a call for a “wall of moms” on Saturday in a Facebook
post. She told CNN she was moved to act after watching media reports of federal officers “displaying obvious human rights violations”.
© Getty Images

Oregon governor criticizes Trump for sending federal officers to Portland

US attorney requests DHS investigation after video shows masked, camouflaged federal authorities arresting protesters in Portland

Federal law enforcement officers confront Portland protesters

Federal law enforcement officers detain a protester during a demonstration against the presence of federal law enforcement officers and racial inequality in Portland, July 21 REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Portland mayor responds after Trump says city ‘lost control’: ‘A direct threat to our democracy’

“Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism,” he continued. “And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here. We haven’t asked them here. In fact, we want them to leave.”

E para finalizar, a história da foto de Portland que está rodando o mundo…

This photo was taken at a Portland protest. Learn the story behind it:

An unidentified woman, wearing only a face mask and a cap, sat in a Portland, Oregon street early Saturday morning, facing law enforcement officers who held back protesters.


PS: Como gostamos de reafirmar, a fotografia cidadã foi uma grande conquista da revolução digital. Hoje é possível ver o que acontece em Portland através das lentes do profissionais da imagem e também pelas lentes cidadãs, por assim dizer.

Registramos aqui ainda a curiosidade de ver uma colunista do NYT dando link para o WP. No Brasil isso não acontece, ou acontece?

PS1: O vídeo do WP não aparece no meu Safari aqui. No Chrome roda bem. De qualquer forma, o vídeo está na matéria do WP, que tem um link na nota. Também pode ser visto aqui.

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