USA: Tear gas and explosions abound at Portland protest

Police fired tear gas to disperse protests against the presence and methods of federal agents in Portland, in the early hours of Thursday morning. 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.

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