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"Medias refusing to show what is REALLY going on in Portland, Seattle, and other places"--Donald Trump



The riots were flooding in portland, Seattle and Austin on last weekend.  Protests in several major cities across the country turned violent this weekend, as weeks of civil unrest and clashes between activists and authorities boiled over, sending thousands of people teeming into public squares demanding racial justice.

From Los Angeles to Richmond to Omaha, police and protesters clashed in a tumultuous Saturday night that saw scores arrested after demonstrators took the streets and police in some cities dispersed crowds with tear gas and pepper spray.

President Donald Trump said that the media didn't giving the actual picture of riots and is refusing the reality. He argued this by tweeting in his personal account on Sunday.

"The Lamestream Media, including @FoxNews, which has really checked out, is refusing to show what is REALLY going on in Portland, Seattle, and other places. They want the American public to believe that these are just some wonderful protesters, not radical left ANARCHISTS!," President Donald Trump tweeted.


In Portland, the authorities declared a riot after protesters breached a fence surrounding the city’s federal courthouse building. The “violent conduct of people downtown” created a “grave risk of public alarm,” the Portland police wrote on Twitter.

Early Sunday morning, federal agents and local police demanded that protesters leave the area and used tear gas. But the activists stood their ground, blocking intersections. Several people were arrested.

A Marriott hotel in downtown Portland was shut down Sunday morning and guests were asked to leave after hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Saturday night because it was believed that federal agents were staying there. The crowd waved signs with messages such as “No more brutality!” as they stood on the riverside parkway outside the hotel and chanted: “Kick them out, Marriott!” A manager at the hotel said the building had sustained some “minor damage” following the demonstration, including graffiti on exterior walls.

In Seattle, police declared a riot on Saturday afternoon and used pepper spray and flash grenades in an attempt to disperse a crowd of roughly 2,000 people in the Capitol Hill neighborhood marching in the city’s largest Black Lives Matter protest in more than a month.

Nightly protests since Floyd’s killing had dwindled in recent weeks in Seattle. But they were reinvigorated in the wake of federal action in the Portland protests and after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) tweeted that President Trump had sent federal law enforcement agents to the city.

But on Sunday, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, defended the presence of federal agents there, saying they are protecting a courthouse targeted by protesters.

In Aurora, Colo., just outside of Denver, protesters were also marching in response to the death last summer of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old who died after being put in a chokehold by police.

The protesters marched down Interstate 225, cutting off traffic. But a Jeep sped through the crowd, sending protesters running for safety.

In Los Angeles, police fired projectiles at activists protesting near a federal courthouse.

Seattle’s riot declaration came after protesters set fire to a construction site for a juvenile detention facility and as the police department reported that one person had breached the fencing surrounding the East Precinct, the site of nightly clashes in June that led to a nearly month-long protest occupation, and officers saw smoke in the lobby.

Protesters erected barricades and fended off police efforts to disperse them with homemade shields, umbrellas and leaf blowers, tactics borrowed from protests in Portland, where activists have clashed nightly with police for nearly two months.

Before the march, organizer Jaiden Grayson stood on a brick wall with a megaphone and instructed the crowd on tactics such as “de-arresting,” by which groups of protesters block efforts by law enforcement to arrest individuals.

“When you see something, I need you to do more than say something,” Grayson told the crowd. “I need you to swarm.”

Christine Edgar said that when the yellow-clad “Wall of Moms” emerged at Portland’s Black Lives Matter protests last week, she decided that Seattle mothers needed to adopt the tactic as well. With three days’ notice, she said, a Seattle “Wall of Moms” formed to march in the streets to protest the federal presence.


By midafternoon, the crowd, flanked by bicycles and vehicles as a security measure, had marched several blocks to the construction site for the King County Children and Family Justice Center, a juvenile detention facility and courthouse, where dozens of people toppled fences and set fire to five construction trailers. The blazes appeared to have destroyed the trailers and sent large plumes of smoke into the air before the fire department arrived.

Shortly after the fire, protesters smashed the windows of a Starbucks, which has become a target for its donations to the Seattle Police Foundation.

The fire and subsequent clashes outside a police department precinct resulted in the police declaring the protest a “riot” and attempting to disperse the crowd with munitions such as pepper spray, blast balls and rubber bullets. The protesters came prepared, with many wearing protective gear.

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