Trump’s Iron Fist & Escalation of Protests in US

2020/06/08 | interview, political, top news

Strategic Council Online: An analyst of American affairs says there are no signs of resurgence in the crisis caused by the violent protests in the United States, and Donald Trump does not appear to care about healing of the purulent wound that has opened. He said in these riots racial and economic demands have been interlinked and a quasi "bread riot" is taking place in the United States that sets it apart from previous protests.

In an interview with the website of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Amir Ali Abolfatah said that popular protests with violence and repression in the United States would probably continue for some time. “However, these protests do not seem to last long, because the nature of social movements in the early 21st century, due to the lack of coherent leadership and organization, is such that they are violent and confrontational at the outset but recede quickly.

 

Possibility of Minor Economic & Political Reforms

He added: “These violent protests are unprecedented in the United States and will not lead to fundamental changes in America’s socio-political structure, but they will certainly be the source of a series of minor changes in the form of social and economic reforms.”

The US affairs expert noted the violent, widespread and devastating riots in Detroit in the 1960s, as well as other bloody clashes in 1992 in Los Angeles, adding that the riots each lasted several days, but because the media were not as strong as today the news arrived late in other parts of the world. This time, the broadcast of images from the unrest by social media and the powerful media creates the impression that what is happening in the United States these days is unprecedented in terms of violence and scale.

At the same time, Abolfatah said the unrest and events of the past few days were different from the previous protests from different aspects. “This time, a very aggressive president is stationed in the White House who believes in using the iron fist to quell protests and this could escalate the turbulence and make it more stable. At the same time, the unrest is coinciding with the outbreak of corona virus and the unemployment of about 40 million people, and taking many others into quarantine.

 

Interconnection of Racial Protests with Economic Demands

Abolfatah added that the US economy is not doing well at present. “In these protests, racial demands have been linked to economic demands, and this could prolong the protests for quite some time particularly that we have a few months till the US presidential election. The excitement of the elections in American society would make these conflicts more stable.

Referring to the looting of some stores during the recent protests, he said: “These actions have nothing to do with racial issues. Many people on the streets of the United States these days don’t necessarily have to worry about racial issues, and their problems are poverty and unemployment. People are hungry. In fact, a quasi “bread riot” is taking place in the United States, making it different from the 1992 protests. Because those protests were merely racial concerns caused by public outrage over racist behavior, we are now witnessing a kind of bread uprising in the United States.”

Impact of Unrest on Presidential Election

Regarding the effects of this violence and unrest on the US presidential election, he said: “Certainly, these issues are very important and national issues and will definitely affect the elections. Because American society is witnessing a deep political, social, and security crisis, it is not clear how far this influence will go and whether it will end up on the defeat Mr. Trump is not an easy question to answer. The US election is driven by a variety of factors and it is in the middle of the road and it is not yet easy to judge the government’s performance in crisis management.”

Abolfatah added: “Such protests in the United States will definitely be repeated; because there is a culture of racism in some people in the United States, and as long as that culture does not change, this problem will not be solved and will remain.”

Humiliating Literature and Trump’s Iron Fist

“We don’t see any signs of easing the crisis in the current situation, especially since Mr. Trump is not on the path to healing this filthy wound that has been opened, and he is constantly using degrading literature and iron fists, and arrests continue,” he said. Violence will certainly bring violence, and it will be difficult to contain the crisis. In addition, the outbreak of coronavirus has further exacerbated the situation.

Commenting on the longevity and impact of these protests in the short term, Abolfatah explained: “We have seen similar movements in Europe and the United States. Twentieth-century movements generally had leaders, organizations, hierarchies, ideologies, and goals, and usually achieved their goals, but these social movements are blind and instantaneous; they start with much excitement but subside after ignition. The Wall Street movement suffered the same fate.

He stressed: “Of course, if livelihood issues are linked to these grievances and the economic crisis continues, and the government is unable to help with the support packages to get the economy out of recession, we will surely see other social unrests of this nature.”

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

LATEST CONTENT

An Analysis on the Adoption the IAEA Board of Governors’ Resolution Against Iran

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An international lawyer and senior expert on international affairs said: The abstention and negative votes to the resolution of the Board of Governors regarding Iran should not overshadow the importance of the resolution’s content. In the past, there had been resolutions that were adopted with a similar voting ratio but that, nevertheless, ultimately left a negative impact on the nuclear dossier by shifting the course towards an unfavorable direction.

An Analysis of US House Vote to Sanction International Criminal Court

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A researcher of West Asian issues said: The US House of Representatives voted by a comfortable majority on June 4 to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) following its prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The move by the House was taken in full support of the Zionist regime.

Russia’s Strategy in Response to Western Sanctions

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Following the escalation of tensions between Russia and Western countries due to the war in Ukraine, Moscow is looking for solutions to deal with the extensive sanctions of the United States and its allies.
Hossein Sayyahi, researcher of international politics

Ambiguities and Prospects of the New US Plan to End the Gaza War

Strategic Council Online: – Opinion: US President Joe Biden recently presented a four-and-a-half-page plan to establish a ceasefire and end the Gaza war. After his speech at the White House, the American President announced that the Zionist regime proposed this plan.
Hamid Khoshayand, an expert on regional issues

An Analysis of the Proposed Peace Plans for Ceasefire in Gaza

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international issues said: The plans proposed by some Arab governments and the United States for a ceasefire in Gaza and the end of the war are not operational, and rather than looking at solving the crisis in Gaza and Rafah, these countries are after their own national interests.

Growing Trend of Recognition of Independent State of Palestine in the World

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international issues said China’s position on recognizing the Palestinian state is not a new issue, but this agreement and cooperation in the global trend will strengthen the position of supporting Palestine and forming an independent Palestinian state.

France’s Role-Making in West Asia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on European issues spoke about France’s efforts to negotiate with regional countries on the Gaza war; West Asia is having hard times and in the process of transformation; Netanyahu is finished, and everyone is preparing for a significant change.

Loading

Últimas publicaciones

An Analysis on the Adoption the IAEA Board of Governors’ Resolution Against Iran

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An international lawyer and senior expert on international affairs said: The abstention and negative votes to the resolution of the Board of Governors regarding Iran should not overshadow the importance of the resolution’s content. In the past, there had been resolutions that were adopted with a similar voting ratio but that, nevertheless, ultimately left a negative impact on the nuclear dossier by shifting the course towards an unfavorable direction.

An Analysis of US House Vote to Sanction International Criminal Court

Strategic Council Online—Interview: A researcher of West Asian issues said: The US House of Representatives voted by a comfortable majority on June 4 to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) following its prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The move by the House was taken in full support of the Zionist regime.

Russia’s Strategy in Response to Western Sanctions

Strategic Council Online – Opinion: Following the escalation of tensions between Russia and Western countries due to the war in Ukraine, Moscow is looking for solutions to deal with the extensive sanctions of the United States and its allies.
Hossein Sayyahi, researcher of international politics

Ambiguities and Prospects of the New US Plan to End the Gaza War

Strategic Council Online: – Opinion: US President Joe Biden recently presented a four-and-a-half-page plan to establish a ceasefire and end the Gaza war. After his speech at the White House, the American President announced that the Zionist regime proposed this plan.
Hamid Khoshayand, an expert on regional issues

An Analysis of the Proposed Peace Plans for Ceasefire in Gaza

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international issues said: The plans proposed by some Arab governments and the United States for a ceasefire in Gaza and the end of the war are not operational, and rather than looking at solving the crisis in Gaza and Rafah, these countries are after their own national interests.

Growing Trend of Recognition of Independent State of Palestine in the World

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international issues said China’s position on recognizing the Palestinian state is not a new issue, but this agreement and cooperation in the global trend will strengthen the position of supporting Palestine and forming an independent Palestinian state.

France’s Role-Making in West Asia

Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on European issues spoke about France’s efforts to negotiate with regional countries on the Gaza war; West Asia is having hard times and in the process of transformation; Netanyahu is finished, and everyone is preparing for a significant change.

Loading