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USA: Portland mayor demands federal officers leave city as tensions mount02:34

USA: Portland mayor demands federal officers leave city as tensions mount

United States, Portland
July 23, 2020 at 10:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler joined Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday, giving a speech outside the Multnomah County Justice Centre. Wheeler demanded that the federal officers sent to control demonstrations leave the city.

"Here's what I think about the federal government being in our city: they were not asked to be here. They are not wanted to be here. They're not properly trained to be here, and we are ousting them right this moment, and we are demanding that they leave," the mayor said.

Wheeler claimed that US President Donald Trump has targeted Democratic cities with the federal crackdown on protests, and declared his solidarity with the crowd.

Protesters were also seen lighting fires outside the fencing set up to barricade the Justice Centre.

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Portland mayor Ted Wheeler joined Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday, giving a speech outside the Multnomah County Justice Centre. Wheeler demanded that the federal officers sent to control demonstrations leave the city.

"Here's what I think about the federal government being in our city: they were not asked to be here. They are not wanted to be here. They're not properly trained to be here, and we are ousting them right this moment, and we are demanding that they leave," the mayor said.

Wheeler claimed that US President Donald Trump has targeted Democratic cities with the federal crackdown on protests, and declared his solidarity with the crowd.

Protesters were also seen lighting fires outside the fencing set up to barricade the Justice Centre.

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