A man died of a gunshot to the chest in the city of Portland (Oregon, USA) after clashes between supporters of the president, Donald Trump, and members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement were recorded on Saturday night. black lives matter).
The president has already taken advantage of the event to reinforce his message of “law and order” in the face of the November elections, in which he is running for re-election; while the campaign of his rival, Democrat Joe Biden, has accused him of inciting violence.
Portland Police are investigating the incident and have not provided details about the deceased, although videos posted on Twitter show a white man wearing a cap from the “Patriot Prayer”, a far-right group based in Portland and who in the past he has faced those who demand racial justice. The police, however, have not specified whether the event is directly related to the clashes that broke out on Saturday night in downtown Portland, a city that has seen constant protests since the death in May of African American George Floyd, suffocated by a white cop.
It all started with the mobilization in cars organized by Trump supporters: they met with their vehicles in a shopping center on the outskirts of Portland and drove into the center of the city with trucks, cars and motorcycles one behind another, in a line that it stretched for miles. As they moved, the protesters waved flags with the slogan ‘Trump 2020’ through the windows of their cars.
The Police have estimated the number of vehicles that attended the march at “hundreds” and explained that, once they reached downtown Portland, clashes began with the “Black Lives Matter” protesters, with whom they exchanged insults and physical attacks that were not went to more. However, at around 2046 hours, the officers responded to shots and found a man on the ground who had been fatally shot in the chest.
Since May, night after night, Portland has seen demonstrations against racism and, at times, those protests have turned violent with hundreds of protesters arrested by local and federal authorities. Last night ten people were arrested between the ages of 21 and 60, the Police detailed.
In recent months, Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Portland as a progressive city plagued with violence, in what is part of his “law and order” speech to try to be re-elected in the November elections. This Sunday on Twitter, Trump insulted the mayor of Portland, the Democrat, Ted Wheeler, and called for the deployment of the National Guard, a corps of volunteers under the control of governors that is often activated in serious situations such as riots and hurricanes. “The people of Portland will no longer take insecurity. The mayor is a FOOL. Bring in the National Guard! ”He cried out on Twitter.
The president does not have the authority to deploy the National Guard, which depends on the governor of Oregon, but he can send federal agents, an option that “is on the table”, the Secretary of Security revealed this Sunday in an interview on ABC. National, Chad Wolf.
In July, Trump began dispatching agents to Portland and other cities, arguing that his goal is to protect federal government buildings, something that has been rejected by local authorities, who believe his presence makes the situation worse and helps attract more activists to protests.
In addition, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have expressed concern about the presence of the officers in Portland and say they have committed irregularities, such as illegal arrests and excessive use of force.
The death last night of a man in Portland comes after a week of protests in Kenosha (Wisconsin) in response to the attack on Jacob Blak, paralyzed from the waist down after a white police officer shot him seven times in the back.
Coinciding with these protesters, Kenosha has also been attended by white supremacist groups who claim to support the police and have large amounts of weapons. On Tuesday night, a 17-year-old man identified as Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people with a semiautomatic rifle, killing two of them.
Trump has not condemned the event and the Biden campaign has accused him of “having been inciting violence all summer,” said the Democrat’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, in an interview on Fox.
In the same vein, Democrat Adam Schiff, one of the party’s heavyweights in Congress, considered that the president is “fueling the flames of hatred” because he mistakenly believes that he will help him at the polls. «The president only cares about one thing: himself. He sees this violence and his ability to incite it as useful to his campaign. They do not care about the consequences for the country or the loss of life, “Schiff said in statements to CNN.
Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha on Tuesday, while Biden will take to the streets this week to address the issue of racial protests, according to his campaign, which has not provided further details.