The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 12 June 2020
A volunteer works security at an entrance to the so-called "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" on June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES
Protesters Take Control Of Part Of Seattle, Seattle Mayor Uses It As Opportunity To Oppose Trump.
Protesters have taken over approximately six blocks of the Captiol Hill District in Seattle, Washington, renaming it the 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' or 'CHAZ'.
Reports of armed protesters at checkpoints in CHAZ, as well as protesters confronting business owners within the zone demanding protection money have surfaced.
The action drew the outrage of US President Trump, taking to Twitter to denounce the handling of the situation by Seattle's and Washington State's Democrat leaders. This in turn was rebuffed by Seattle's mayor.
With a police precinct within CHAZ abandoned, this situation presents an unusual but exceptionally dangerous situation for all parties involved or likely to be involved. However, with the current racially-charged political climate, a death on the protester-side by any force that attempts to remove the protesters will likely see a martyr fan the flames of violent disorder that has engulfed Democrat-run cities.
What could be next for the US?
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The Daily Quick-Look for 12 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– Security/Political: Seattle Mayor Says It Would Be Illegal If Trump Sent Military To Clear Protest Encampment
BLUF: The mayor of Seattle said on Thursday it would be unconstitutional and illegal for U.S. President Donald Trump to send military forces into the city to clear protesters occupying a neighborhood, as he has suggested. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Six blocks of Seattle were overrun by rioters, who had named the captured ground the ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’. The zone is reported to have armed checkpoints, with the police precinct located within the area abandoned by police.
2. CANADA – Political: China’s Envoy To Canada Says Us Is ‘Trouble Maker’ In China-Canada Relationship
BLUF: The United States is using the case of a senior Chinese telecoms executive who was arrested in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant 18 months ago to create friction between China and Canada, China’s envoy to Canada said on Thursday. (Global News/Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Huawei Technologies has been accused by the US of spying for the Chinese Communist Party, and is banned from operating on US communications through an Executive Order.
3. UNITED KINGDOM – Political/Security: UK Courts Prepare Fast-Track Prosecutions For Black Lives Matter Protests: The Times
BLUF: British courts are preparing to fast-track prosecutions for the Black Lives Matter protests, as justice secretary Robert Buckland has told magistrates to model the process along the lines of the response to rioting in London in 2011, The Times newspaper reported. London was hit by a series of riots in the summer of 2011 after police shot dead a man who was a known criminal. An inquest found that police acted lawfully in that case. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The plan will see offenders jailed within 24 hours if found to be causing vandalism, criminal damage or assault on police officers.
4. EUROPEAN UNION – Security/Political: Second Coronavirus Wave Feared In Europe After BLM Protests
BLUF: Europe could face a surge of COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks caused by mass protests in the continent over the last few days, politicians, European Union officials and experts say. "If you advise everybody to keep one and half metre from each other, and everybody just stands next to each other, holding each other, then I don't have a good feeling about that," Jozef Kesecioglu, who chairs the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, told a conference. (SBS. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The protests, rioting and looting have followed a global effort to ‘flatten the curve’ of coronavirus infections. With social distancing being a key risk mitigation measure, and the amount of public education around this disseminated by the World Health Organsation and governments, the global mass protests should in this instance cause the much touted ‘second wave’ in Western countries, in time to further devastate lives and economies.
5. NORTH KOREA – Political: North Korea Says It Sees No Point In Maintaining Kim-Trump Ties
BLUF: North Korea sees little use in maintaining a personal relationship between leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump if Washington sticks to hostile policies, state media reported on Friday - two years after the two men held their first summit. Policies from the US prove Washington remains a long-term threat to the North Korean state, and its people and North Korea will develop more reliable military forces to counter that threat, Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA. (Al-Jazeera. See Links In Heading) Why It Matters: The statement arrives in time for the US Presidential Election cycle, where further rhetoric from North Korea will likely escalate to a hostile posture; that could possibly help influence voting in the US, depending on candidate responses to this.
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