Portland’s top newspaper reported on Tuesday that after weeks of unrest in the city center, the “main action” seems to have moved to neighborhoods just outside the city, prompting residents to post their concerns on various Internet forums.
Oregonian reported that the protests in the city are approaching their 80th night in a row and residents are using online platforms such as Reddit to publish their growing security problems.
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A poster who apparently lives in the Kenton neighborhood wrote: “Many people worked hard to make our little neighborhood nice and to help local businesses stay open. Now it̵
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Reports indicate that there are some reasons directed at police for mainly “driving” the protesters into the area on Saturday night.
Michael Morrill, a longtime resident of Kenton, told KGW 8: “What I saw last night was violence; these people did not care about property. Talk. Practice your problems and vote. If you do not like what is happening, vote for them, vote for change, that’s democracy. “
The paper reported that a resident living near the police union building said his family was worried about the protests and was forced to close their windows at night to keep tear gas out. The report said the shift resulted in “crowds of protesters and a heavy police force on usually quiet night streets.”
Deniers of the violent protests caused by George Floyd’s death in the Minneapolis police station have warned that what first takes place in the heart of major cities will eventually be spilled into residential areas.
Some residents in the neighborhood have expressed support from the movement despite the disturbance. Neighborhood residents regularly help protesters as police chase small groups through Portland’s residential streets, Getty reported.
The stage in Portland still seems tense. A fire at the Portland Police Association on Saturday prompted city officials to declare rioting and force protesters from their offices as violent demonstrations continue in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck from a nearby park. The Portland Police Association is a trade union that represents members of the Portland Police Bureau.
The collisions have increased tensions after an agreement between government and federal officials seemed to offer a short launch.
President Trump on Monday called on Portland to “deploy” the National Guard after months of unrest and called the city “out of control” and warned local officials that they will be “held accountable.”
“Portland, which is out of control, should finally, after almost three months, deploy the National Guard,” Trump tweeted Monday. “The mayor and the governor are endangering people’s lives. They will be held accountable.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report