National Guardsmen within the New York subway | EUROtoday

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SThey stand within the Grand Central subway station in mud-colored camouflage uniforms, between ticket machines, boundaries and hurrying commuters, with “Task Force Empire Shield” written on their bulletproof vests. Translating that as “Special Forces for the Protection of the Reich” can be a little bit of a snark for the National Guardsmen – New York historically calls itself the “Empire State”, which is as lovely and highly effective as a kingdom.

Since final week, 750 troopers have been tasked with giving New Yorkers a higher feeling of safety – and stopping crime by supporting the police with bag checks. Gov. Kathy Hochul desires to ease residents' “fear,” she stated – a purpose that might be tough to measure. The Democrat's celebration colleagues promptly spoke of a “security theater,” but it surely's not simply leftists who’re in opposition to the seemingly martial demonstration within the subway.