So the Empire is getting bolder and and dropping all pretenses of “rights” and a due process and is disappearing people for political purposes just like we do in other countries. I can’t say I’m surprised because this is the force a capitalist, colonial system must use to protect its resources, beneficiaries, and center of power. The bright side is that it’s the very interior of the US that is now becoming unstable and fighting back, and not just those on margins on the receiving end of our drones and political coups.
“Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14,” OPB reports.
“Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off.”
“Longtime Avondale resident Esteban Burgoa has lent support to the people who live in the neighborhood encampments for decades.
Burgoa helped set up a water system at one of the sites so residents can take showers. He drops off presents at Christmas and brings a turkey around Thanksgiving. He sometimes drops off cash.
“These are the most vulnerable people in our society and they’re destroying what little they have,” Burgoa said. “Whoever this person is, it’s a dangerous person. … They could kill somebody.”
Burgoa experienced homelessness about a decade ago after serving in the Iraq War so he can relate to the struggles of people living in the encampments.
“I’ve been through this. It’s nothing that happens out of the blue. It’s based on life experiences,”