Federal agents fired tear gas canisters at Black Lives Matter protesters in the early hours of Tuesday as tensions rose again on the streets of Portland, Oregon.
Protesters gathered for the 60th straight day amid public anger over the deployment of federal border patrol officers to Portland against the wishes of local officials.
Six U.S. mayors, all Democrats, urged Congress on Monday to halt President Donald Trump’s deployment of federal forces to their cities, saying the move has escalated tensions at anti-racism protests spreading across the country.
The request came on the same day the U.S. attorney for Oregon announced the arrest of 22 people on charges stemming from clashes with federal and local police at the federal courthouse in Portland.
Federal agents dispatched to Portland have drawn national attention for whisking away demonstrators in unmarked cars, beating a U.S. Navy veteran and tear-gassing activist mothers and the city’s mayor.
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