Are Federal Officers in Portland Sign of Trump’s Fascism?
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FEATURING SHANE BURLEY – Donald Trump’s propensity for fascism has long been undeniable. He has expressed open admiration for dictatorial figures and fantasized out loud about repressive tactics against his detractors. Now, the city of Portland, Oregon has become a flashpoint with federal officers now known to be affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security, being deployed to repress Black Lives Matter protests.
There are numerous documented instances of protesters being attacked, maimed, tear gassed and arrested without charges or documentation. Trump has openly admired the gestapo-like tactics and dismissed concerns saying those being targeted are “anarchists” who “hate our country.” The White House has pointed to other cities like Chicago and Milwaukee where the use of federal officers could be expanded.
Read Shane Burley’s article ‘Inside the battle for Portland with the independent journalists on the streets,’ HERE.
Shane Burley, writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in ROAR Magazine, In These Times, Labor Notes, and make/shift. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is And How to End It.