A Violent Weekend As Proper Wing, Black Lives Matter Conflict

Clashes involving far-right extremists, Black Lives Matter protesters and police are renewing tensions in Portland, Minneapolis and different cities, pushing the U.S. into its 80th day of consecutive demonstrations in some locations, the Washington Post reports. A gaggle with ties to far-right organizations which have lengthy focused Portland gathered downtown Saturday to wave American flags and push again towards Black Lives Matter protests difficult police brutality. Protests in different cities erupted into violence Saturday, as police grappled with small teams hijacking in any other case peaceable occasions, together with far-right activists armed with pepper spray and wood flagpoles. One conflict resulted in fistfights after Proud Boys marched in Kalamazoo, Mi. Police intervened because the Proud Boys retreated right into a parking storage after a big brawl broke out between members of the far-right group and their opponents. Officers arrested some counterprotesters who had come out to oppose the right-wing group. In Chicago, a protest grew violent after individuals used umbrellas and skateboards to assault law enforcement officials, injuring 17. Twenty-four individuals have been arrested.

Protesters, most wearing black and carrying full-face masks, descended on a police precinct in South Minneapolis. The group lobbed rocks and fireworks on the constructing. The station’s entrance home windows have been sprayed with anti-police graffiti, and pink paint was poured alongside the steps of the entrance entrance and the sidewalk. “Blood in your fingers,” one message learn, whereas one other referred to officers as “pigs.” In Portland, far-right extremists walked round downtown blocks, buying and selling barbs with antifascists. Video exhibits a number of individuals within the far-right crowd utilizing pepper spray and pellets fired from paintball weapons towards the counterprotesters.