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Portland Protestors Clash with US Agents in Monday Morning Confrontation

July 28, 2020, 12.10 AM

PORTLAND, — What started as a peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon morphed into an intense early morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement.

Oregon’s largest city was the scene of a reported shooting and a bag filled with loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails.

To clear Portland protesters, US agents fired what appeared to be tear gas, flashbangs, and pepper balls early Monday.

The site of the incident took place outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse.

In response to the situation, some protesters climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse.

Other Portland protestors shot fireworks, banged on the fence, and projected lights on the courthouse building.

The federal courthouse has been a place of contention as the city has seen nightly protests for two months since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest but state and local officials said they are making the situation worse.

The protest late Sunday started peacefully, with organizers giving speeches and leading chants with the crowd.

But things intensified as the night wore on. US agents declared an “unlawful assembly,” and just after 1am, confronted protesters on the street and worked to clear the area.

Several people were seen being detained, but it was not immediately clear how many may have been arrested.

Law enforcement spent hours working to disperse the crowd. At times, protesters scattered amid flash bangs.

Officers deployed more tear gas and less-lethal munitions, and formed a line to push back demonstrators. Many dispersed, but several protesters remained well after 2am.

It's become an all-too-familiar scene in Portland.

Authorities declared a riot early Sunday morning. Protesters had breached a fence surrounding the city’s federal courthouse building where US agents have been stationed.


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