Portland has been troubled for months by demonstrations against racism and police brutality, but also by the presence of the national agents who are there against the wishes of the mayor and governor.
The governor believes that the troops act as an occupying force and cause violence. President Trump had sent the agents to Portland to protect buildings of national (federal) governments, such as a court, from demonstrators. The Republican finds the approach of the mayor and governor, both politicians of the rival Democrats, too weak.
According to the governor, the national agents will leave downtown Portland from Thursday. Instead, more officers are coming from city and state.
The United States Department of Homeland Security emphasizes that federal troops will not leave Portland until there is a guarantee that “federal property will no longer be attacked.” It has also been decided to send such agents to more major cities, including Detroit.
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