The protests that erupted after the assassination of George Floyd have been going on for more than 50 days – and it’s very difficult to tell when the protests will end. The protesters themselves clearly do not intend to disperse: especially in the context of the fact that politicians from the Democratic Party who sympathize with them support them in every possible way, calling what is happening “the summer of love.” The security forces could put an end to the riots and pogroms, but the local police obey the regional authorities (often sympathetic to the protest), and the national guard faces opposition from local authorities.
A distinctive feature of these protests is that no city can be called their epicenter. It all started with performances in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, and continued in all major cities in America. The geography of the protests is very extensive, and if somewhere the speeches were localized and directed towards a peaceful channel, in other cities the situation is much more sad.
Atlanta can be considered an example of the almost complete liquidation of protest freemen. This city is the capital of the state of Georgia and is under the control of Republicans and Democrats at the same time.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is a progressive Democrat who supports Black Lives Matters. It was she who for a long time blocked all attempts to bring the national guard into the city, or at least the state guard, thereby allowing the protests to grow and expand.
It all ended in the killing of a little black girl by protesters. This crime shocked the entire city, and after it the mayor herself harshly criticized the “fighters against racism.”
Immediately after that, Bottoms, by an amazing coincidence, received a diagnosis of COVID-19 and withdrew from solving the problem, transferring powers to the Governor of Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp.
The ideological conservative and anti-protest Kemp sent 1,000 state guards into the city and the pogroms in Atlanta ended there.
Seattle is a completely different example. This city has become famous for the creation of a quasi-state. The “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” was proclaimed by protesters after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durcan (another progressive supporter of the Democratic Party) banned police from breaking up rallies.
The self-proclaimed “state” existed for several weeks, was marked by an unsuccessful attempt to build anarcho-communism, the statement that “Robbery is an unplanned gift” – and the murder of several people.
It was after the murders began to take place in the “Seattle commune” that Durcan announced the elimination of the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”. However, she categorically refused to see the National Guard in the city. As a result, the quasi-state itself was liquidated, but the protests did not stop.
Street fighting is still going on in Seattle, 12 police officers were injured on July 20, and countless shops and stores were destroyed.
Portland is now attracting special attention. In this city, protests have been going on for more than 50 days, and only recently the US President decided to bring federal security forces into the city.
Representatives of local authorities actively opposed this decision. Democrat Governor of Oregon Keith Brown said: “It’s like putting gas on a fire. What is needed is de-escalation and dialogue. This is how we solve problems here in Oregon. “
The key problem with this statement is that the problems in the state of Oregon just did not get solved, but became chronic. In fact, there was a system of complete impunity in Portland, where supporters of the Black Lives Matters movement could burn police stations and not receive any retribution for it.
The federal law enforcement officers sent by President Trump operate differently from the local police. They readily respond to any aggression from the protesters, and they also carry out demonstrative arrests.
The most active protesters are snatched from the crowd and then taken to police stations outside the protest zone. Thus, a vicious circle is broken, when even those few arrested during the pogroms immediately left the local precincts on minimal bail.
Despite massive protests from the state leadership, federal forces continue to work. The first results are very promising, and US President Donald Trump plans to bring security forces to another large metropolis – Chicago.
There, protests have long been accompanied by gunfire, which has resulted in several dozen casualties. Local authorities do not want to see the National Guard in the city, they ask for help in money. However, it seems that President Trump has already made a decision: the protests will be suppressed according to a tough scenario.