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The biggest risk in the United States: of clashes between civilians

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The biggest risk in the United States: of clashes between civilians

The most recent scenes on the streets of the United States are stunning.

Rockefeller Center? Looted. Macy's? Shattered. Saks Fifth Avenue? Wrapped in barbed wire to prevent further attacks.

In Soho, looters took watches from a Rolex store worth $ 2.4 million on Monday.

On Tuesday, a tremendous Rolls Royce Cullinan parked in front of a store to facilitate the transport of looted goods. The car costs $ 350,000.

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The governor and the mayor of New York, both Democrats, are fighting over glaring policing failures.

Neither Andrew Cuomo or Bill De Blasio speaks more of Covid-19, social detachment or the reopening of business.

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In cities like Minneapolis, where protests began over the death of George Floyd, the “flood” tactic – covering the streets with police and military forces – worked and the violence subsided.

It will probably not last long: tomorrow the funeral ceremonies begin in memory of the dead by the police.

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An almost namesake, boxer Floyd Mayweather, is paying the funeral expenses.

"My brother was of peace," he said on Monday, Terrence Floyd, pleading, with moving simplicity, for unity and peacemaking.

If there is no peace, there is an even greater risk: supporters of violence are threatening to "go to the suburbs".

In other words, the condominiums – very open – where the middle class live.

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Many young people from these remote neighborhoods are playing revolution and joining Antifas, the fashion of the moment.

But many more residents are scared. And a part of them have those weapons that only in the United States are seen in the hands of civilians.

Some self-defense groups have already started to appear.

In order to avoid the worst of the worst, it is vital that violence is controlled so as not to incite confrontations between fans of the jigsaw and fearful residents who like a bangue bangue (legal, in appropriate places), which would take on the shape of civil conflict.

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And in a way that does not provoke further violence – the great challenge for the authorities is to restore order without causing new victims and without preventing legitimate demonstrations from continuing.

Unlike the policemen involved in Floyd's horrendous death, shock forces, the police or the National Guard, are well trained and know how to operate in crisis situations.

It would also help if Donald Trump were able to speak to the overwhelming majority of Americans who abhor the barbarism committed against a handcuffed man and repudiate the destruction caused by the violent protests.

Former press magnate and columnist Conrad Black, one of the few respected intellectuals in favor of Trump, made a bold comparison.

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"Since Charles de Gaulle faced a prolonged general strike in France in 1968, no leader of a great democracy has faced anything so similar to an insurrection as the situation that President Trump now faces."

Black evoked the synthetic speech that de Gaulle made to the nation and his subsequent electoral victory.

The problem, or one of the problems, is that Trump is not Charles de Gaulle.

Even gestures like going to the church saved from the fire in front of the White House, which could be a manifestation of bravery, are disemboweled as electoral manipulation.

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Hatred for Trump permeates not only the demonstrations, but the coverage of the mainstream press.

In an unprecedented event in the United States, news organizations are concealing the extent of widespread anarchy so as not to "look bad" for protesters who incite or commit violent acts.

The New York Times even changed a headline to disguise reality.

The original said: "As chaos spreads, Trump promises to 'end it now."

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He turned: "Trump threatens to send troops to the states."

Which most reflects the real situation?

To find the information that George Floyd had a five-year sentence for armed robbery in a Texas home, you need a professional eye.

The various videos made of his horrible death, with a knee in the neck, show that his criminal record is irrelevant. He was handcuffed and did not want to join the patrol radio, not resisting aggressively.

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It may be relevant to understand why you were so opposed to being arrested for passing a counterfeit $ 20 bill. Or not.

When Derek Chauvin, the policeman who killed him, is taken to a grand jury or on trial, depending on what his lawyers think is best, it will all be put into context – by the defense and the prosecution.

For now, you can only think about tomorrow.

It is very important to protest and to force the creation of more instruments to prevent criminal cases of racism such as Floyd's death.

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And it is equally important to end the looting and other abusive acts that the gang of the worse, the better it uses to spread the chaos, as the New York Times would say – before portraying itself.

The prospect of them leading to civil conflict is terrifying.

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