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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 01 June 2020

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US President Trump To Declare Antifa A Terrorist Organisation.

US President Donald Trump will designate the far-left political activist group 'Antifa', short for anti-fascists, as a terrorist group.

The group, who widely and often-times indiscriminately use violence and intimidation to achieve their aims (video evidence is widely available online), have had blame placed on them by Trump for playing a role of agitator and facilitator in the riots that are occurring in the US over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer (with demonstrators protesting over police brutality by white officers against african-americans).

The group's ideology is heavily rooted in Marxism, and while their name explicitly implies they are anti-fascism, they paradoxically attempt to violently silence anyone who disagrees with them (evidence widely available online). In addition to this, they appear to enjoy generally positive coverage by liberal media outlets such as CNN (see https://bit.ly/3dlgL3d and https://bit.ly/2AoOTfV) that justifies the use of violence.

From a security perspective, Antifa presents a significant risk to safety. The group appears to be well organised (command structure, cell-level operations), use violence as an immediate action and are comprised of mostly young, university-aged members.

Justified by Trump? Or just innocent kids fighting for their rights?

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The Daily Quick-Look for 01 June 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. UNITED STATES – Political/Security: US President Trump To Label ‘Antifa’ A Terrorist Organisation

BLUF: The US will designate the anti-fascist group Antifa a terrorist organisation, President Donald Trump says. The president accused Antifa of starting riots at street protests over George Floyd's death. Mr Floyd, a black man, died in police custody earlier this week, reigniting anger at police treatment of African-Americans. Protests over his death have turned violent, prompting major cities to impose curfews. The National Guard - the US reserve military force for domestic emergencies - had been deployed in 15 states to help police forces deal with the unrest. In Minneapolis, where Mr Floyd died on Monday after a white police officer put his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes, there have been five nights of arson and looting. (BBC. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: From a security perspective, Antifa presents a significant security risk to anyone within vicinity of the group whilst they are operating; where they are known to indiscriminately target bystanders (of which there is a multitude of video evidence online). Their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) appear to incorporate command structure, independent operating cells, Marxist indoctrination (a multitude of video evidence online) and use of violence as an immediate action, amongst others. Antifa also enjoys positive media coverage, with networks such as CNN coming to the defence of the groups actions on multiple occasions (https://bit.ly/3dlgL3d and https://bit.ly/2AoOTfV). CNN’s latest piece on Antifa can be seen here: https://cnn.it/3gHAgVR

2. BRAZIL – Political: Bolsonaro Joins Rally Against Brazil's Top Court; Judge Warns Democracy At Risk

BLUF: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined a rally on Sunday on horseback as supporters urged the closing of the Supreme Court for investigating the right-wing leader, as one of its justices compared the risks to Brazil’s democracy with Hitler’s Germany. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Bolsonaro is increasingly at odds with elements of his own government during the COVID-19 pandemic. The next two months represent a contentious time in Brazilian politics as well as their national security, with protests likely to continue and government elements becoming increasingly at odds with each other. This will affect the security and stability of the country in general for much of 2020.

3. SPAIN – Security (Health): Spain’s Sanchez Asks Lawmakers To Extend State Of Emergency

BLUF: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he will ask lawmakers to approve a final extension of the country’s state of emergency until June 21. Parliament will vote on Wednesday on Sanchez’s proposal to extend the state of emergency. The premier has argued that the measure, which allows the government to limit citizens’ movement and impose other restrictions, has allowed the administration to quell the virus. (Bloomberg. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: As European countries scramble to open their tourism industries for the summer season, the balancing of avoiding a ‘second wave’ with reigniting local economies will be crucial to their overall success.

4. UK/GERMANY – Political/Security: Hundreds Of Protesters Rally In London, Berlin Over US Death

BLUF: Hundreds of people protested in London and Berlin on Sunday in solidarity with demonstrations in the United States over the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. The protesters knelt in central London’s Trafalgar Square, chanting “No justice, no peace”, and then marched past the Houses of Parliament and finished up outside the U.S. Embassy. Several hundred protesters also staged a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, holding up posters saying “Justice for George Floyd”, “Stop killing us” and “Who’s neckst”. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Protests over this matter have quickly evolved into riots in the US, with protests escalating in a similar manner in European countries a realistic possibility.

5. ITALY – Security (Health): New Coronavirus Losing Potency, Top Italian Doctor Says

BLUF: The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Italy had been the world’s number one hotspot for COVID-19 in the opening stages of the pandemic, and currently has the third-highest death toll.

6. INDIA – Security (Health): India To Loosen Lockdown Despite Record Cases

BLUF: India has announced plans to further ease a strict national lockdown even as the country reported a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases. From 8 June, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres and places of worship will be allowed to re-open in many areas in the first stage of a three-phase plan. Weeks later, probably in July, schools and colleges will resume teaching. But areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases will remain under tight lockdown. The plan comes after India registered a new record single-day rise in confirmed infections, with nearly 8,000 cases reported on Saturday. In total India has recorded some 174,500 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths. The nation of 1.3 billion has been hit less hard by the coronavirus than many other countries. (BBC. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: India contains densely built-up areas combined with an extremely high poverty, making it difficult to employ current ‘best practice’ when it comes to social distancing and hygiene measures. This could see COVID-19 remain within the country for an extended period.

7. SRI LANKA – Security (Health): Sri Lanka To Reopen Some Tourism In August With Restrictions - Official

BLUF: Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector on Aug. 1 by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a tourism official said on Sunday. Kimali Fernando, chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, a government body, denied a report in the local Sunday Times that said the sector would re-open in mid-June. A limited number of small groups from around the world would be allowed to visit from August and stay in approved five-star hotels that have put strict safety measures in place, Fernando told Reuters. He confirmed that tourists will be required to carry a COVID-19-free certificate issued either by their governments or a reputed agency, as reported by the Sunday Times which quoted Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry Secretary S. Hettiaarachchi. Tourists would also need to wait on arrival at the airport for coronavirus testing. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Sri Lanka’s situation is similar to India’s in terms of difficulty around employing ‘best practice’ when it comes to social distancing and hygiene. However, willingness to reopen to tourists is a positive indicator of where Sri Lanka sees itself in handling the pandemic.

8. HONG KONG – Political/Security: It Is ‘One Country, One System’: Donald Trump Strips Hong Kong Of Privileges

BLUF: President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong’s special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing’s bid to exert control in the financial hub. In a day of concerted action, the United States and Britain also raised alarm at the UN Security Council over a controversial new law for Hong Kong, angering Beijing which said that the discussion had no place at the world body. (HKFP/AFP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: China’s approach to Hong Kong is unlikely to relent, as it seeks to quash a democratic state within its own nation that is able to freely protest against the Chinese Communist Party. Clashes between demonstrators and police will likely become increasingly deadly, while international pressure will mount against Beijing.

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