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Riots in Democrat-Run Cities in ‘Solidarity’ with Portland

Riots took place in Democrat-run cities across the United States on Saturday as Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists took to the streets in solidarity with demonstrators in Portland who have confronted federal law enforcement nightly.

Atlanta, Georgia:

Vandals attacked a federal building housing the local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the early hours of Sunday morning. The vandalism was allegedly connected to expressions of solidarity with the Portland riots.

Austin,Texas: 

A man was shot and killed during a confrontation between Black Lives Matter marchers who had blocked traffic and the driver of a vehicle that was obstructed by the procession. The chaos and panic that resulted was caught on video (above).

Denver, Colorado:

AURORA, CO – JULY 25: People stand behind a makeshift barrier outside the Aurora Police Department Headquarters while protesting the death of Elijah McClain on July 25, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. On August 24, 2019 McClain was walking home when he was forcibly detained by three Aurora police officers and was injected with ketamine after officers requested assistance from the Aurora Fire Rescue. McClain suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital that night and died six days later.

Rioters attacked a local courthouse and a driver drove through a crowd in Aurora, injuring several peopls. One demonstrator fired a weapon at the driver, according to police, and hit another demonstrator. The rioters set several fires.

Los Angeles, California:

Los Angeles solidarity Portland (Apu Gomes / AFP / Getty)

Demonstrators smashed plate-glass windows at federal buildings and blocked traffic in downtown Los Angeles, one day after Mayor Eric Garcetti had reiterated his solidarity with the demonstrations in Portland, despite ongoing violence there.

New York, New York:

Portland solidarity New York (Yuki Iwamura / Associated Press)

Thousands marched in New York City in solidarity with the Portland demonstrators. There were violent clashes with police (see above) as demonstrators attacked NYPD vehicles and scuffled with police officers in the streets.

Oakland, California:

Abolish the Police Oakland (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

Demonstrations turned violent as rioters attacked police; smashed windows at federal buildings and a bank; and fired fireworks at law enforcement. Marchers held signs such as “End Fascist USA” and “Abolish the Police.”

Portland, Oregon:

Portland (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Violent demonstrations continued at the Mark O.Hatfield U.S. Courthouse as rioters set fires and provoked clashes with federal law enforcement, who fired tear gas and left the courthouse itself in pursuit of rioters to disperse the crowd.

Seattle, Washington:

Seattle solidarity Portland (David Ryder / Getty)

SEATTLE, WA – JULY 25:

Police arrested 45 rioters on Saturday in the Capitol Hill neighborhood near the site of the former “CHOP” autonomous zones rioters threw explosives at law enforcement. Several businesses and public buildings were also vandalized.

There were protests in several other cities, including Omaha, Nebraska; Richmond, Virginia; and elsewhere.

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