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Canada Black Lives Matter: In Portland, mothers take to the streets to protect protesters

20:50  25 july  2020
20:50  25 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

In the United States, the "Wall of Moms" is gaining momentum against police violence

 In the United States, the © REUTERS "Wall of Moms" of July 25, in Colorado. It all started on July 18, with a mother called Bev Barnum, who lives in Portland, Oregon, in the northwestern United States. On Facebook, she invites other mothers in the city to take to the streets to join the anti-racist protests. The movement has since spread across the country. They wear yellow, brandish sunflowers and sing lullabies.

These moms link arms and act as a human shield to protect Black Lives Matter protesters from federal officers sent in to disperse them. Wall St declines as earnings take center stage. Portland , Oregon Protest Day 46 - Live From the Portland Justice Center.

“There are more Black Lives Matter signs in Portland than Black people.” Loud advocacy has been a hallmark of Portland life for decades, but unlike Xavier Warner, a Black protest organizer, called the predominance of white protesters “a beautiful thing” that speaks to the progressive ethos in the city.

Les mamans ont choisi le jaune, pour s’allier au noir du mouvement « Black Lives Matter ». © AFP / Nathan Howard Moms have chosen yellow, to ally themselves with the black of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

In Portland, Oregon, the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining momentum. Since the death of George Floyd, almost two months ago, the gatherings have multiplied. And almost every night there are clashes between the police and the demonstrators. While an official investigation was opened Thursday by the US Department of Justice into the highly controversial action of federal police in Portland, the mothers of the protesters decided to act. Stunned by the violence of the confrontations with the police, they now take to the streets to protect their children.

United States: Several American cities affected by clashes between demonstrators and police

 United States: Several American cities affected by clashes between demonstrators and police The cities of Portland and Seattle were the scene of clashes this weekend © AFP The demonstrations organized on July 25 in Seattle degenerated BLACK LIVE MATTER - The cities of Portland and Seattle were the scene of scuffles this weekend Austin, Louisville, New-York, Los Angeles. Protesters across the United States gathered this weekend for march against racism and the deployment of federal agents ordered by Donald Trump.

A group of hundreds of mothers have attended demonstrations and stood as a human barricade between Black Lives Matter protesters and federal officers in Portland .

Signs such as “White Silence=Violence” and “ Black Lives Matter ” are widespread, and calls at the demonstrations “What is making more people come to the street every night now is the brutalization that’s Some protesters say the state’s deeply racist history is still reflected in Portland ’s structures.

Bev Barnum, the mother behind their mobilization, would never have believed that she would achieve such a result by posting a simple message on the Internet last week.

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"It said something like + I don't know about you, but I never manifested +", says this 35-year-old mother, who lives in Portland, the largest city in Oregon, in the north. -western United States.

“I think we should do something. What if you had a hundred moms behind you and they made a difference? The message continued.

In just a few hours, his mailbox was saturated with mothers excited by his proposal.

“The Moms Wall”

Since then, these late-breaking activists have formed “The Moms Wall” and have taken to the streets every night to swell the ranks of anti-racist demonstrators.

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  Toronto protesters call for defunding police; damage statues, several arrests TORONTO — Three protesters were arrested Saturday after supporters of Black Lives Matter threw paint on several statues, including one of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and called for the defunding of police. The protesters, who had marched on the Ontario legislature from Ryerson University, where a statue of public education activist Egerton Ryerson had been similarly defaced, then moved to a police detachment to denounce racism and demand those arrested be freed.

Mother -of-two founder of Portland 's 'Wall of Moms' rallied more than 200 others to join her to shield Despite being gassed Saturday night, the mothers took to the streets of Portland once again to Federal officers used crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the

We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters , these “He is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the Not only is Cotton equating Black Lives Matter protestors to the Confederate state the promoted

Dressed in yellow, wearing bicycle helmets and brandishing sunflower flowers, hundreds of mothers stand arm in arm to form a human barrier between activists and federal police dispatched by President Donald Trump to restore " law and order ”, according to his campaign slogan.

Hearing from a friend in Portland that there are 10-15k marching tonight. The “Walls of Moms” (wearing yellow) & Dads (orange), joined by “Wall of Vets,” “Teachers Against Tyrants” (green), Healthcare Workers (in scrubs) & Lawyers for BLM (purple) pic.twitter .com / EfJGo0YyVG

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Some wave "Angry like a mother" or "Leave our children alone" signs, in reference to the last words of George Floyd, black forty-something suffocated in late May under the knee of a police officer White. After pleading with the policeman and complaining of suffocation, George Floyd called his mother for help.

"The beehive"

"Mums make things happen", says Mrs Barnum. “We have lots of different hats. For the moment, we wear that of fierce protectors ”, says the one who chose the color yellow to combine with the black of“ Black Lives Matter ”, and thus recall the bees.

After sparking the movement, Bev Barnum says she has now handed over orders for the "hive" to three black mothers in Portland, but her initiative has already inspired similar "walls" in other cities across the country, such as New York and Chicago.

Since then, the movement has spread to fathers, who also form a wall, dressed in orange, but also to veterans, with their “wall of vets”.

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USA: official investigation into decried federal police action in Portland .
© Nathan Howard Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler reacts after being sprayed with tear gas when he went to meet protesters, the July 22, 2020 An official investigation was opened Thursday by the US Department of Justice into the highly controversial action of federal police officers in Portland (northwest), where clashes between law enforcement agencies and anti-racist protesters.

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