Updated in: 14 April 2021 - 03:12
TEHRAN (defapress) – US National Guard troops were deployed in Portland, Oregon, as protests in the city descended into “widespread violence,” police said.
News ID: 82465
Publish Date: 05November 2020 - 15:17

National Guard Troops Activated in Portland amid Widespread ViolencePortland law enforcement officials announced the Guard deployment late on Wednesday evening, after a protest rally grew unruly in the city’s downtown area.

The move comes after Governor Kate Brown passed an executive order placing Portland’s public safety under a “Unified Command,” jointly overseen by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police and the state’s National Guard.

“The Unified Command declared a riot in downtown Portland as one of two groups marching tonight started breaking windows and committing other crimes. The sound truck has given a warning that rioters are subject to arrest and use of teargas,” Oregon State Police spokesman Captain Tim Fox said in a video statement.

Footages circulating online showed protesters squaring off with police clad in riot gear and military-style uniforms, some making arrests. In one clip, a swarm of officers is seen closing in on a small group of demonstrators at a street corner.

 

Other videos captured acts of vandalism, including one protester who spray painted an ATM as another berated journalists filming the scene, shouting “get your cameras off of these protesters!”

At least two separate protest marches made their way through Portland on Wednesday, one of which began as a ‘Count Every Vote’ rally, mirroring similar actions in cities around the country one day after the 2020 presidential election.

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