USA: Portland protests rage on through night as demonstrators face off with federal forces

Protesters gathered in Portland on Wednesday (Tuesday, local date) for a new round of protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter and over the presence and actions of federal officers, who have been using force against demonstrators. Among the protesters were dozens of women dressed in yellow, known as the 'Wall of Moms,' as well as a group of Native Americans performing traditional songs outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Portland has seen 61 consecutive days of protests, which started in late May following the death of George Floyd. Demonstrations have gained traction over the past few days after the deployment of federal agents to manage the unrest, renewing tensions and escalating violence. During the latest protests, the officers, representing multiple federal agencies such as Border Patrol and the US Marshals Service, have used tear gas and physical force to try to disperse large crowds of protesters outside the courthouse. US President Donald Trump has said he might send further law enforcement to other cities to defend federal buildings from «anarchists and agitators.»

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