… As military adviser resigns
Defence Secretary of the United States, Mark Esper has criticised the plan by President Trump to deploy soldiers against Americans protesting the killing by strangulation and asphyxia of African-America, George Floyd by a Minneapolis police on May 28.
The protests which has spread to over 140 cities in the country is yet to be addressed by any concrete plan by the government, even as the protesters who are chanting “I can’t Breathe,” in reference to Floyd’s last plea to policeman Derek and his other accomplices, are expecting policy and legislation that directly deals a mortal blow to the root of centuries of oppression and marginalisation being suffered by African-Americans in their country, which the Floyd’s death has thrown up in bold relief.
Apart from dissociating himself from the proposed plan on troop’s deployment, Esper said he “was deceived by Trump into appearing with him for a staged photo opp behind a church with a Bible,” after troops tear gassed peaceful protesters and worshippers to make way for Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump’s military Adviser and former principal Under Secretary of Defence, James Miiler has resigned for the same reason.
“Law- abiding protesters just outside the White House were dispersed using tear gas and rubber bullets, not for the sake of safety, but to clear a path for a presidential photo op”, he said in his resignation letter he addressed to Defence Secretary, Esper, adding “You may not have been able to stop the President from directing this appalling use of force, but you could have chosen to oppose it. Instead, you visibly supported it.”