- Campaigners in Albuquerque, New Mexico, gather before the federal court to protest the Trump administration's use of 35 federal agents in the city.
- The operation, announced on July 22, is said to fight violent crime, but President Donald Trump sold it partisan and falsely accused cities of democracy to "abolish" the police.
- The Trump campaign is currently flooding New Mexico with ads alleging that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is underfunding law enforcement.
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On Friday evening, protesters gather outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Albuquerque to demonstrate their opposition to the Trump administration's use of additional federal agents in New Mexico's largest city.
The deployment of 35 agents, announced on July 22 as part of Operation LeGend by the US Department of Justice, is said to be an attempt to combat violent crime. But President Donald Trump sold politics as needed in democratically run cities, especially where he urged local leaders to "defuse, defame, or abolish the police".
The president's re-election campaign has also flooded New Mexico's air waves with an advertisement designed to tie democratic rival Joe Biden to this activist demand.
The Red Nation, an indigenous socialist group, helped organize the protest on Friday.
"What we see today is fascism in its most obvious and simplest form," the group said in a statement.
Democratic leaders from New Mexico also condemned the operation and compared it to the demonstration of power in Portland, Oregon, where Trump also angered the locals for sending federal agents to suppress protests.
Marg Elliston, leader of the State Democratic Party, and Flora Lucero, leader of the Bernalillo County Chapter, made a joint statement criticizing the operation as "contrary to the needs and interests of our communities."
"We recently saw the Trump administration's willingness to use federal officials to brutalize and intimidate peaceful demonstrators," they said. "This type of violence and oppression has no place in our nation."
In a letter to the Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim Keller, on July 28, US attorney John Anderson, a Trump-appointed representative, argued that the federal contingent was necessary due to the "worrying" pace of fatal shootings in the city. KOBO reported. Anderson claimed that nobody should confuse Operation LeGend with the events in Portland, Oregon.
But Keller remains skeptical. He came to mayors of Seattle, Philadelphia, and Oakland on July 29 To express opposition Regarding the Trump administration's use of violence, federal agents have "committed totally inappropriate and often illegal behavior that is intended to incite violence and divide us".
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