icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Police declare riot in Portland after protesters pull down courthouse fence (VIDEOS)

Police declare riot in Portland after protesters pull down courthouse fence (VIDEOS)
Law enforcement officers have begun pushing protesters away from Portland’s federal courthouse after demonstrators pulled down a fence surrounding the building.

Activists used wire cutters, power saws, and ropes to attack the fence on Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Videos show a group of demonstrators rocking the chainlink barrier back and forth, ultimately pulling it down. Projectiles and tear gas flew across the sky, in what one observer described as a scene resembling a battlefield. Several fires were then lit outside the courthouse before police declared a riot and emerged from the building. 

Federal agents then began to fire tear gas into the crowd as they pushed the protesters away from the building. Hundreds of demonstrators remained in the downtown area as they clashed with police. 

Daily demonstrations began in Portland nearly two months ago after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police in May. The protests have become increasingly violent in recent days. A black Trump supporter was stabbed on Friday night in the city. Activists have blamed the arrival of federal agents earlier this month as the reason for the spike in unrest, alleging that officers from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies have used excessive force and unlawfully seized and detained individuals.

Also on rt.com Black Trump supporter allegedly STABBED by ‘Antifa dude’ during Portland protest (VIDEO)

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts