Federal agents fired tear gas canisters at Black Lives Matter demonstrators in downtown Portland early Saturday (July 26) in a 58th straight day of protests, amid growing scrutiny over the use of border patrol and other federal officers in the city.
According to Press TV, security forces have frequently tear-gassed and clubbed demonstrators during the unrest. Protests continue amid public anger over the deployment of federal border patrol officers to Portland against the wishes of local officials.
Demonstrators and local officials see the deployment of the agents in Portland as a ploy by Trump to drum up a "law and order" campaign as he faces an uphill re-election battle.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, has called the intervention an abuse of federal power and said it was escalating the violence.