1 killed as Trump supporters, protesters conflict in Portland

Portland (US), August 30

One individual was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a big caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed within the streets, police stated.

It wasn’t clear if the taking pictures was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 autos was confronted by protesters within the metropolis’s downtown. An Associated Press freelance photographer heard three gunshots after which noticed police medics engaged on the physique of the sufferer, who gave the impression to be a white man.

“Portland Police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased,” the Portland Police Bureau stated in a press release.

Police didn’t launch any further particulars and have been on the scene investigating late Saturday.

Portland has been the positioning of nightly protests for greater than three months because the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Many of them finish in vandalism and violence, and lots of of demonstrators have been arrested by native and federal regulation enforcement since late May. The caravan arrived downtown simply as a protest deliberate for Saturday was getting underway. Police made a number of arrests earlier than the taking pictures and suggested residents to keep away from the town core.

The chaotic scene got here two days after Trump invoked Portland as a liberal metropolis overrun with violence in a speech on the Republican National Convention as a part of his “law and order” re-election marketing campaign theme. The caravan marked the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied within the metropolis.

Trump and different audio system at this week’s conference evoked a violent, dystopian future if Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden wins in November and pointed to Portland as a cautionary story for what can be in retailer for Americans.

The pro-Trump rally’s organiser, who coordinated the same caravan in Boise, Idaho, earlier within the week, stated in a video posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that attendees ought to solely carry hid weapons and the route was being saved secret for security causes.

The caravan had gathered earlier within the day at a suburban mall and drove as a bunch to the center of Portland. As they arrived within the metropolis, protesters tried to cease them by standing on the street and blocking bridges.

Videos from the scene confirmed sporadic preventing, in addition to Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and utilizing bear spray as counter-protesters threw issues on the Trump caravan.

The taking pictures occurred shortly earlier than 9 pm Pacific, a number of hours after the caravan started arriving in Portland.

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations often goal police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have referred to as for reductions in police budgets whereas the town’s mayor and a few within the Black group have decried the violence, saying it is counterproductive.

Early Saturday morning, fires set exterior a police union constructing that could be a frequent website for protests prompted police to declare a riot.

An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and different particles that was laid in opposition to the door of the Portland Police Association constructing, police stated in a press release. At least one dumpster had additionally been set on fireplace on the street close by.

The commotion adopted a sit-in within the foyer of the Portland mayor’s condominium constructing Friday night time. — AP

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