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Burning barricades, 'sound weapon': Protest at Oregon courthouse continues as arrests, injuries mount

Added 07-12-20 03:37:02am EST - “The now-nightly standoff between BLM protesters and officers guarding the courthouse in downtown Portland remains intense. On Saturday, activists attempted to block the area, and accused their opponents of using a 'sound weapon.'” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Burning barricades, 'sound weapon': Protest at Oregon courthouse continues as arrests, injuries mount”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon has been in the focus of protests against racism and police brutality for more than 40 days, with tension escalating into violence on numerous occasions. On Saturday night, the demonstrators used benches to block streets around the courthouse and lit several small fires.

Current barricades #BlackLivesMatter#PortlandProtests#PortlandProtest#AbolishThePolice#PDXprotests#pdx#DefendPdx#ACAB#Portland#ACABSpringpic.twitter.com/b0NmhuEkkp

This is footage from last night at SW 3/Main. Some fires were lit in the area and streets were blocked. Most criminal acts were directed at the Federal Courthouse and Federal Officers made several arrests. pic.twitter.com/TKc8BLnglR

The confrontation between the group besieging the building and its federal defenders became more intense after one of the protesters tried to use a hammer to break into a side door. In an intense short clash with the officers, he was apprehended and arrested, according to Portland Police.

At 108AM, One protester damaged the side entrance door with a hammer, Federal officers respond by charging out and arresting the person. At least 3 officers are outfitted with lethal M4 Carbines. #PortlandProtests#PDXprotests#BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/vZo1VmGAUc

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