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Protests Continue In Portland, As Trump Focuses On Vital Issues: Banning TikTok

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Protests Continue In Portland, As Trump Focuses On Vital Issues: Banning TikTok

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On July 31st, BLM protests continued in the US, mostly in Seattle and Portland.

More than 2,000 people turned out at the 65th consecutive day of protests against violence, anti-Black racism and heightened use of force by federal officers.

Portland has been a sort of capital of the protests, with demonstrations being one of the most violent.

On the evening of July 31st, MSM reports are focused on the “generally peaceful” protests with “some violent incidents.”

The protests intensified after President Donald Trump deployed more than 100 federal law enforcement agents to Portland, saying the agents were there to protect federal property.

Local officials and critics accused the president of creating more conflict during nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality against Black Americans.

As of July 29th, the federal agents are being withdrawn, but the protests continue.

Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, agreed with the White House that the state police would take over responsibility for guarding the courthouse after weeks of escalating protests. She said that “Trump’s troops” were behaving like an occupying army in Portland and provoking unrest with heavy-handed tactics.

In contrast, the state troopers did not intervene even when the scale of the protest on Thursday night passed the point, as demonstrators shook the fence around the courthouse, at which in early demonstrations the federal agents generally fired teargas, stun grenades and baton rounds.

In the absence of confrontation, and with the state police remaining largely unseen inside the courthouse, tensions quickly eased.

Prior to that, however, there were videos being shared of protesters being given equipment in order to clash with the authorities due to the escalating response that they’ve been receiving

Quickly switching away from the chaos he, himself, caused in Portland, US President Donald Trump focused on the true issues the United States faces – the need to ban Chinese video sharing app TikTok.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said to reporters while aboard Air Force One.

Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order. It was not immediately clear what such an order would look like and what legal challenges it might face.

“Well, I have that authority,” he said.

“I will sign the document tomorrow,” said Trump on July 31st, indicating that a ban could take effect “essentially immediately.”

The threat of a TikTok ban has been lingering since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at.”

Critics of TikTok worry that the data it collects on its US users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, though TikTok has said it stores its data outside of China and that it would resist any attempts by Beijing to seize the information.

“TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access. TikTok’s biggest investors come from the US. We are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform,” TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide said.

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