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Portland protests continue

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/27/20, 03:51 am

Authorities declared a riot in Portland, Ore., early on Sunday morning after protesters breached a fence surrounding the city’s federal courthouse building where deployed U.S. agents are holed up. Ahead of the declaration, thousands of demonstrators marched in the city chanting “Feds go home” and calling out the names of African Americans killed by police. On Friday night, at least six federal officers were injured after firing tear gas to clear out rowdy protesters.

Are protests still ongoing in other cities? In Austin, Texas, a person driving through a demonstration shot and killed 28-year-old Garrett Foster on Saturday night. Protesters in Oakland, Calif., vandalized a police station and set fire to a courthouse after a peaceful Saturday evening march. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said officers arrested at least 45 people over the weekend for assaulting officers, obstruction, and failing to disperse.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report on the details behind calls to defund the police.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 02:13 pm

    If a march ends with the burning of a courthouse, how can it be deemd "peaceful?"

  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 08:10 pm

    Some important context to add, as I understand, the federal agents are there to protect the federal courthouse.  

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 12:39 am

    JerryM, how is the context important? They are violent rioters attacking the police with rocks, boards, explosives, and lasers.

    Here is Tucker Carlson on the weekend violence in Seattle and other cities:

    Garrett Foster was shot when he pointed his AR15 at the driver of the vehicle who responded back with his pistol. The driver reported the incident to police who held him for some time before letting him go. 

    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 09:14 pm

    Cyborg3, I appreciate the information and the link you provided. At the same time, your question to JerryM seems rather harsh. In the article, "important context" does seem to be missing (and I also think the wording seems confusing as to the chronology of events). Perhaps the important context could have been included this way:

    "Authorities declared a riot in Portland, Ore., early on Sunday morning, after protesters breached a fence surrounding the city’s federal courthouse building where" federal security agents protecting the courthouse "are holed up."

    JerryM and Cyborg3, please continue providing thoughtful comments.