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USA: Tear gas fills Portland streets as BLM protests continue02:13

USA: Tear gas fills Portland streets as BLM protests continue

United States, Portland
July 30, 2020 at 06:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

Police used tear gas on protesters demonstrating against the presence of federal agents and their use of force against demonstrators, in Portland, on Wednesday night.

The rally took place amid an announced "phased withdrawal" of federal agents from the city's downtown area. The departure of the federal agents was confirmed by Oregon's Governor Kate Brown and is expected to take place gradually starting on Thursday.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a statement that he and Brown have been in contact over the past 24 hours and reached a joint plan to end "the violent activity in Portland."

Portland has seen 62 consecutive days of protests, which started in late May following the death of George Floyd and gained traction over the past few days as the federal officers were deployed, sparking renewed tensions. During the latest protests, federal officers used tear gas and force to try to disperse large crowds of protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

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Police used tear gas on protesters demonstrating against the presence of federal agents and their use of force against demonstrators, in Portland, on Wednesday night.

The rally took place amid an announced "phased withdrawal" of federal agents from the city's downtown area. The departure of the federal agents was confirmed by Oregon's Governor Kate Brown and is expected to take place gradually starting on Thursday.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a statement that he and Brown have been in contact over the past 24 hours and reached a joint plan to end "the violent activity in Portland."

Portland has seen 62 consecutive days of protests, which started in late May following the death of George Floyd and gained traction over the past few days as the federal officers were deployed, sparking renewed tensions. During the latest protests, federal officers used tear gas and force to try to disperse large crowds of protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

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