Albuquerque residents protest federal law enforcement going to the city
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Protesters were seen gathering in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday to demonstrate against the deployment of federal law enforcement to the city.

The protest comes after the Trump administration announced earlier this month that it will send 35 agents to New Mexico’s largest city in what the White House has said is an effort to combat violent crime.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE has used briefings to cast the national operation to deploy agents to multiple cities as an effort to beat back demonstrations by dangerous “anarchists.” 

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The protests in various parts of the country have been largely peaceful as demonstrators rail against systemic racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, though federal officers and demonstrators have clashed on numerous occasions in Portland, Ore.

The Red Nation, an indigenous-led socialist group, helped organize the Friday demonstration in New Mexico, saying the federal deployment would represent an “occupation” of the city.

“What we are seeing is a literal occupation in the style that the U.S. has carried out in their imperialist interventions all over the world," the group said in a statement this week announcing the protest.

Democratic leaders in the city have also panned the deployment, saying the federal agents are not needed or welcome in the city.

The Trump administration has come under withering criticism over its deployments to cities across the country, which Democrats have said is an unnecessary provocation though Republicans have defended it as necessary to quell violence.

The most scrutinized deployment was in Portland, where federal law enforcement was seen detaining protesters in unmarked cars and firing tear gas to break up crowds, while some demonstrators threw fireworks or lit fires. Some federal agents withdrew from the city this week, though others still reportedly stay as part of a "quick reaction force."