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Trump shares letters calling peace protesters “terrorists”



Trump shares letters calling peace protesters "terrorists"

Letters from veteran lawyers and former Trump attorney John Dowd appear to have been addressed to former Defense Secretary James Mattis and refuted Mattis’s statement on Wednesday denouncing Trump’s response to national protests after George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

“False protesters near Lafayette are not peaceful and unreal,” Dowd’s letter claimed, without citing evidence. “They are terrorists who use hateful students to burn and destroy. They harass and disrespect the police when the police are preparing the area for the 1900 curfew.”

CNN has contacted the White House to comment on the description of the demonstrators as “terrorists.”

The president’s decision to distribute the letter and the shocking description of Americans exercising their constitutional rights came as he continued to lean on his strong approach to the ongoing demonstrations. On Monday, he declared himself “President of your law and order” when peaceful protesters outside the White House gate were dissolved with gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, apparently so he could visit the nearest church.

He remained in the closed building, holding up a Bible for the camera, only a few minutes before returning to the White House.

The letter has come under fire from the American Modern Military Association, a non-profit organization for the military community and LGBTQ veterans.

“Donald Trump has just crossed a very serious line that demands hard and strong criticism by every Member of Congress,” said the group’s temporary executive director, veteran Air Force Jennifer Dane. “Promoting a letter that calls Americans peacefully carrying out their First Amendment rights as ‘terrorists’ is a violation of his profanity to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution. Now, more than ever, it is very important for Trump to be responsible for his careless actions. . ”

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The episode came after nearly a week of protests across the country which sometimes turned violent over the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Responding to the President’s approach, Mattis released a statement on Wednesday warning that the US “must reject any thought about our cities as the ‘battle space’ requested by our uniformed military to” dominate. ” “

“At home, we must use our military only when asked to do so, on very rare occasions, by the state governor. Replying to our responses, as we have witnessed in Washington, DC, creates fake conflicts – between the military and civil society , “Mattis wrote.

The president has repeatedly defended his response to the protests and even tweeted Thursday night that he had no problems with the National Guard helicopter seen flying low over protesters in Washington on Monday night.

The District of Columbia National Guard is investigating this issue and the investigation has also been requested by Defense Minister Mark Esper.

“The problem is not that the helicopter pilots are very talented and low-flying who want to save our city, the problem is the arsonists, looters, criminals and anarchists, who want to destroy it (and our country)!” Trump tweeted.

The helicopter has “another mission” as part of “preventing” criminal activity including riots and looting by maintaining overhead presence, according to a defense official who has direct knowledge of the orders given by the crew. The official declined to be identified because Washington’s National Guard is now investigating whether the flight was carried out properly.

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The UH-72 Lakota should also prevent “unauthorized gatherings,” providing medical evacuation from the crowd if needed and providing oversight of command and control for the protection of troops, the official said.

The investigation, the official said, focused on how the order produced low-level flights, which sent flying debris and intimidated civilians, the official said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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