Portland | The night of Saturday to Sunday was marked in several cities in the United States by new clashes, sometimes violent, between police and demonstrators protesting against racism and the deployment of federal agents ordered by Donald Trump.
A man was shot and killed Saturday evening on the sidelines of an event in Austin, Texas. According to the local police, he was “probably armed with a rifle” when he approached the vehicle from the author of the fatal shots, who has been arrested and is cooperating with the authorities.
Demonstrations have taken place across the country, Omaha, Oakland and Los Angeles, California, to New York by way of Louisville, in Kentucky, or Richmond, Virginia, where riot police reportedly fired gas to disperse a march of the movement “Black Lives Matter” (The lives of black matter), according to the american media.
The wave of anger history against the racism and brutality of the forces of law and order was triggered by the death, at the end of may in Minneapolis, the middle-aged black George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman.
In Portland, where the movement is still alive more than two months after, the night was again tense near the federal court, become the epicenter of the protests.
The police used tear gas and pepper gas to disperse the protesters, several of whom have been arrested by federal agents after attempting to knock down a barrier erected around the court, has found an AFP journalist.
Ordered by the president Trump, who is facing a battle more difficult for his re-election and campaigned on the theme of ” law and order “, the dispatch of federal police officers has just fanned the embers of dissent.
In many videos posted on the social networks, we see these agents in paramilitary outfit, and without a badge visible for identification, use of unmarked vehicles to confront protesters.
Methods that are now the subject of an official investigation of the ministry of Justice, and who have been firmly condemned Sunday on CNN by the mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot: “We will not allow anonymous agents to arrest people, to violate their rights and keep them in detention.”
Overflows in Seattle
Donald Trump announced Wednesday boost the number of federal agents in Chicago and other cities after a surge in crime and shootings since the beginning of the summer.
In Seattle, in the State of Washington, on the night of Saturday to Sunday has been particularly eventful. The sound of explosions had resonated in some of the streets and smoke rose from an area where demonstrators set fire to trailers on a construction site of a detention centre for minors, according to an AFP journalist on the spot.
Some of the demonstrators tried to protect themselves with umbrellas from the pepper gas launched by the police to put an end to misbehaviour.
The authorities have announced on Twitter that 45 people had been arrested during these ” riots “.
“The rioters had no respect for the safety of the population, for the safety of police officers or to the businesses and properties they have destroyed,” said the chief of police of Seattle Carmen Best, according to remarks reported by the local media.
On Saturday, three people were slightly injured by firearms in the margins of an anti-racist demonstration in Louisville, in the State of Kentucky. The police, however, referred to circumstances ” accidental “.
In this city, of the black activists of the group NFAC, heavily armed, protested against the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in march in his apartment. But the police had to be deployed to avoid any clash with counter-demonstrators whites a conservative group, also armed.