Security forces deployed tear gas as protesters gathered in Portland (Oregon) on Sunday, July 19, amid a continuation of anti-police brutality protests. Reportedly, a group of protesters gathered near the Federal Courthouse, and at around 00:00 (local time), some demonstrators knocked down a perimeter fence of the courthouse, prompting security forces to disperse the crowds.
Separately on Sunday, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler reportedly renewed his calls for federal troops to leave Portland, after they have attracted controversy over their alleged abusive tactics against demonstrators.
In Portland on Saturday, July 18, demonstrators dismantled fencing surrounding Chapman Square Park, and unrest was reported elsewhere. Several arrests were made, and tear gas was deployed.
Further protests are likely in the near term.
Protests began worldwide after US citizen George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired and detained, and one has since been charged with second-degree murder. Protests have since spread to several cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.
Individuals in Portland are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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