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US Thousands gather outside Portland central police precinct

12:43  24 july  2020
12:43  24 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PORTLAND , July 24 — Thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators crowded outside the central police precinct yesterday evening as protests in Portland continued for a 56th consecutive day. “I'm so inspired to see a sea of people who don't look like me who are saying Black Lives Matter,” said Damany Iqwe, referring to the majority-white crowd. Iqwe, 43, is a Black man who grew up in Portland and has frequently attending the protests. “Five or six times I've been stopped, detained and questioned by police for looking like a suspect,” Iqwe said. “This city is one of the most systematically racist

The Portland Police Bureau began at 10:20 p.m., telling demonstrators to not vandalize the building and to stop blocking vehicular traffic. If you continue to block entrances, block vehicular traffic, and vandalize the building you may be subject to arrest and or citation. You will also be subject to use of force to include crowd control munitions and or tear gas. They also saw police in riot gear, traveling on the side of their white vans — but witnessed no interaction with the crowd. Overall, the crowd was much calmer than what the city has seen in the recent past when it comes to demonstrations.

By Deborah Bloom

a group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: Protest against racial inequality in Portland © Reuters/TWITTER/GRAVEMORGAN Protest against racial inequality in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators crowded outside the central police precinct in Portland on Thursday evening as protests continued for a 56th consecutive day.

a group of people in a dark room with smoke coming out of it: Protest against racial inequality in Portland © Reuters/TWITTER/GRAVEMORGAND Protest against racial inequality in Portland

"I'm so inspired to see a sea of people who don't look like me who are saying Black Lives Matter," said Damany Iqwe, referring to the majority-white crowd.

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Portland police said early Monday that 12 adults had been arrested and two youths had been detained after Sunday night’s protest . They later corrected that figure, saying 10 adults were arrested and booked into jail. • Thousands of peaceful demonstrators marched from the Southeast Portland park to the Portland Police Bureau’s old Southeast Precinct on East Burnside Street, according to police . Part of that group eventually made its way downtown, where a large group had already gathered .

Protesters gathered in Portland ’s Pearl District, outside what local reports said was Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment, on June 17, after the city cut more than million from the police budget. Protesters, reports said, had demanded a bigger cut.Oregon Live said the money cut from the police In November 1904, thousands of people in the city of Rio de Janeiro protested government-mandated smallpox vaccinations in a famous revolt that nearly ended with a coup. Making modern BrazilThe smallpox vaccine had arrived in Brazil almost a century earlier. But the syringes were long, left skin

Iqwe, 43, is a Black man who grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has frequently attended protests that have continued since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

"Five or six times I've been stopped, detained and questioned by police for looking like a suspect," Iqwe said. "This city is one of the most systematically racist places to live in as a Black man."

a group of people in a dark room with smoke coming out of it: Protest against racial inequality in Portland © Reuters/TWITTER/GRAVEMORGAND Protest against racial inequality in Portland

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it would investigate the use of force by federal agents against protesters in Portland after another night of unrest in which Mayor Ted Wheeler was tear-gassed.

The investigations follow public anger over the deployment of federal border patrol officers to Portland against the wishes of local officials, and President Donald Trump's administration has said it is sending a similar contingent to Seattle.

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Early Friday, roads near the precinct were closed, police said. Our police in Portland have a giant green screen soundstage, a plane and a film set warehouse where they drive their cars in and run riotcontrol tests. They are paid more than our schools. We need to realistically cut costs and we have simple demands that are brought by the black community.

Earlier on Thursday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order barring federal law enforcement from using force against journalists and legal observers at the Portland protests. This followed a lawsuit filed on behalf of journalists whom federal agents had hit with non-lethal "impact munitions."

Demonstrators and local officials see the deployment of federal agents in Portland as a political ploy by Trump to drum up a "law and order" campaign as he faces an uphill re-election battle.

Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has said all federal agents have been making lawful arrests and properly identifying themselves as law enforcement.

Wheeler, a Democrat, has called the intervention an abuse of federal power and said it was escalating the violence.

(Reporting by Deborah Bloom in Portland, Additional reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru, Editing by Gerry Doyle and Timothy Heritage)

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