Voices were raised to denounce the operation allegedly being carried out by federal agents traveling in unmarked vehicles in Portland in the United States. Human rights organizations in fact castigate the arrests of certain demonstrators who did not happen according to the rules of the art. According to information relayed by the local media, since July 14, these federal agents make arrests without providing people with the reason for their arrest.
“It looked like a horror movie”
This is the case of Mark Pettibone who recounted his misadventure to the American daily Washington Post . He confides that he was arrested by men in khaki uniforms. The latter in a civilian van would have stopped by and brought him. "It looked like a horror or science fiction film," he said. "What is happening in Portland right now should worry everyone in the United States," said Jann Carson , head of the civil rights organization ACLU in Oregon, a state in the northwest of the country.
A political comedy according to the governor
"Usually when you see people in unmarked cars forcibly take someone from the street, it's called an abduction," he said. The first authority of the locality also expressed its opposition to this way of proceeding. The Democratic Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown , by a publication on the social network Twitter denounced this state of affairs. "This political comedy of President Trump has nothing to do with public safety," she said on the Blue Bird social network.
A statement from the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) released on Friday July 17 tried to explain this operation. According to this statement, the agents would have proceeded to the arrests after having received information according to which the accused had been identified in a video. They are believed to have physically attacked federal agents or property.