Georgia state governor Brian Kemp has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency throughout the area and approving the deployment of 1,000 National Guard personnel after “weeks of dramatic increase in violent crime and violence” property destruction “in the capital, Atlanta .
In a statement, Kemp said that on the weekend of Independence Day celebrations in the United States, “more than 30” citizens were wounded with firearms, five of whom died.
“The peaceful protests were kidnapped by criminals on a dangerous and destructive agenda,” said the governor. “Now innocent Georgian citizens are being attacked and shot in Atlanta,” he complained, insisting that “this lawlessness must be stopped and order restored” in Atlanta.
The Republican Kemp has defended that the order he issued obeys that “the safety of” the citizens “comes first”. “This measure will enable troops to protect public property and send police officers to patrol our streets,” he said.