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In Portland one shot dead as rival protesters clash

By - Suvan Bose

On Saturday, in Portland, One person was shot dead as protesters from rival groups clashed in the northwest US city, which has seen constant events for months that have at times turned violent. Police statements said on the same day that both the protest and death violence took place in Portland’s downtown area. Although, they did not straight away link the shooting death to the protests.

According to the statement, sounds of gunfire were heard in the area of Southwest Alder Street and Southeast 3rd Avenue. The police said they weren't currently releasing suspect information.

According to the newspaper, the man who was shot and killed was carrying a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Portland that has conflicted with protesters in the past.

Distinctively, Portland police previously said in a tweet that a “political rally is caravanning throughout downtown Portland” and that there has been “some instances of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators.”

Police had mediated and made some arrests, said by the tweet.

Representations against racism and police cruelty have spread in the United States since the death of George Floyd in May; a 46-year-old Black man who demised after a Minneapolis police officer genuflected on his neck for almost nine minutes. Subsequently, Floyd’s death, tensions between rival protest groups has enraged downtown Portland every night for approximately three months.

In July President Donald Trump’s administration used federal forces to Portland to crack down on the protests.

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