Federal Crackdown in Portland Provokes Solidarity Protests Across the Country
by Jessica Corbett
Posted July 28, 2020
“This is my first protest,” said a 45-year-old woman who joined the “Wall of Moms” at a Saturday demonstration in Seattle.
People took to the streets in communities across the United States on Saturday in solidarity with ongoing protests against police brutality in Portland, Oregon that have been met with a forceful and widely criticized response from federal agents deployed by President Donald Trump, who has said he will send teams to other major U.S. cities.
Early Saturday evening, speakers at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California delivered remarks about systemic racism, police misconduct, and racial injustice before the crowd marched past murals of Black Americans killed by law enforcement to the city’s police headquarters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Addressing the conditions in Portland, Amelia Clute, one of the speakers, said that “to have that type of free speech responded to with literal force by the federal government is something that’s really being downplayed by a lot of news sources… We can’t lose track of how serious and grave of a situation that could turn into: The beginnings of true fascism.” More…