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World Violent clashes erupt between left and right-wing protesters in Oregon

12:15  23 august  2020
12:15  23 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Violent clashes have erupted between left-wing and right-wing protesters in Portland, Oregon - prompting authorities to force them away from a plaza near a federal building.

a close up of a person wearing a helmet: Some protesters were seen flushing their eyes clean of pepper spray on the street © Reuters Some protesters were seen flushing their eyes clean of pepper spray on the street

The area, which has been the site of numerous recent protests, houses both county and federal buildings.

Protests against police brutality and racism began several months ago, in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Duelling demonstrations in Portland Saturday afternoon by right - wing and left - wing protesters turned violent , with demonstrators hurling rocks and other Streets were blocked amid the mayhem between the groups that gathered near the Multnomah County Justice Center in Oregon ’s biggest city, local

Violence has gripped downtown Portland, Oregon after police tried to separate a group of Antifa activists in clashes with their right - wing opponents during simultaneous rival marches. Left - wing protesters moved to the side of the street with right - wing protesters .

Demonstrations kicked off around midday near the Multnomah County Justice Center in Oregon's biggest city, according to local media.

Fights quickly broke out with demonstrators hurling rocks and other missiles at one another.

Photos showed hundreds of people on the streets, many of them wearing helmets and carrying makeshift shields.

There was evidence that pepper spray was used, with some protesters flushing their eyes in the street.

a group of people wearing costumes: Some felt police should have declared the incident a riot © Getty Some felt police should have declared the incident a riot

Police warned they would use crowd control weapons if violence didn't end. Streets were closed as the demonstration moved into other areas during the afternoon.

There were reports that at least one person used a gun to threaten others, but no arrests were made.

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Right - wing demonstrators formed a shield line at times, pushing counter-demonstrators off the street and into Toese, a fixture of right - wing protests that tend to turn violent and a former member of Black Lives Matter protesters followed as some of the Back the Blue demonstrators marched west on

Police arrested four people on Sunday after dueling protests broke out between a far- right group called Randy Blazak, chairman of the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime, joins CBSN to discuss the violence in What Happened When Right and Left - Wing Protesters Talked it Out in Portland

The Justice Center has been the target of left-wing protesters over the last few weeks, leading to numerous clashes with federal agents.

a group of people standing next to a sign: Proud Boys and supporters of the police holding shields © Reuters Proud Boys and supporters of the police holding shields

It houses a police precinct, police headquarters, a county jail and courtrooms and is next door to a federal courthouse.

Saturday's rally attracted various groups from both sides of the political divide including the Proud Boys and QAnon right-wing groups, and left-wing protest groups Democratic Socialists of America and Popular Mobilization.

Portland Police put out a statement to explain their decision not to intervene, saying: "In this case there were hundreds of individuals and many weapons within the groups and an extremely limited amount of police resources actually available to address such a crowd.

"Additionally, [officers] have been the focus of over 80 days of violent actions directed at the police, which is a major consideration for determining if police resources are necessary to interject between two groups with individuals who appear to be willingly engaging in physical confrontations for short durations."

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Violent demonstrations have gripped Portland for months, following the police killing of George Right - wing groups had announced a rally near the Justice Center Saturday afternoon that quickly The Saturday afternoon clashes followed predawn clashes between police and about 200 left -wing

Dueling demonstrations in Portland by right - wing and left - wing protesters have turned violent Right - wing groups had announced a rally near the Justice Center Saturday afternoon that quickly The Saturday afternoon clashes followed predawn clashes between police and about 200 left -wing

Some felt the incident should have been declared a riot.

The clashes had followed an early morning confrontation between police and around 200 left-wing protesters in another area.

Nine people were arrested during that clash, with several police officers suffering minor injuries. One protester, who threw rocks at officers, was shot with a "sponge-tipped less-lethal round" according to a police statement.

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In response to the clash, US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Another bad night of Rioting in Portland, Oregon."

Mr Trump has previously said these kind of demonstrations will be a sign of things to come if he loses the election coming up in November.


Video: Violence and looting erupt in downtown Chicago as crowds clash with police (The Guardian)

Biden accused Trump of fomenting violence. Trump spent the rest of the day proving him right. .
The president not only refuses to condemn right-wing violence — he actively defends it.“He can’t stop the violence, because for years he’s fomented it,” Biden added during his speech in Pittsburgh. “You know, he may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is.

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