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Esper defends the role of the military to suppress protests in the United States

June 3, 2020

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defended the role of the military on Tuesday to suppress police protests since the death of Afro-American George Floyd.

In a memo, Esper argues that “Department of Defense personnel have sworn an oath to uphold the United States Constitution.” “As part of this oath, we are committed to protecting the right of the American people to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” he added.

Esper, who has stated that he is “firmly” convinced that Americans are “frustrated, angry, and hard to listen to,” has affirmed that he is “committed” to “defending the rule of law and protecting life and freedom” . so that “the violent acts of a few do not undermine the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens”.

Esper defends the role of the military to suppress protests in the United StatesEsper defends the role of the military to suppress protests in the United States

For this reason, according to the CNN television broadcaster, he wrote that the United States National Guard is being called “across the country to help protect our communities, businesses, monuments, and places of worship”.