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Violent Riots Return To Portland After Short Reprieve Due To Wildfires

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Violent Riots Return To Portland After Short Reprieve Due To Wildfires

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Following a few days of relatively calm due to the wildfires in Oregon, rioters returned to the streets of Portland.

Around 200 demonstrators marched through the city on the evening of September 19th, with some individuals smashing windows and applying graffiti on buildings.

A bank, a restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop were among the businesses targeted, the Portland Police said in a statement.

No arrests were made, but the acts of vandalism are under investigation.

Protesters were also filmed burning an American flag as they chanted “black trans lives matter.” In another incident, they torched a pro-police ‘thin blue line’ flag as they shouted “blue lives splatter.”

 

The narrative was such that people were allegedly facing “federal agents” who were “out to get them” and they simply wanted to protect themselves, while freely vandalizing public and private property.

Another video purportedly shows demonstrators stopping a truck and then ordering one of its passengers to raise his fist and say “black lives matter.” The vehicle’s windows were reportedly later smashed by the protesters.

Oregon’s biggest city had previously seen more than 100 consecutive nights of increasingly violent BLM protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police on May 25th.

Meanwhile, focusing on the United States’ real problems, Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat were to be banned for download in the US on September 20th.

On September 19th, WeChat in particular saw a sharp uptick in new installs in the US, according to analytics platform Sensor Tower, with an 800 percent week-over-week increase.

But both apps appeared to avoid a ban.

US President Donald Trump said September 19th he had given a deal between TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart his “blessing,” prompting a one-week delay from the Commerce Department on TikTok’s ban.

The TikTok deal appears to be a far cry from the Trump administration’s original demand for a full sale of TikTok’s US operations. Oracle becomes a “trusted tech partner,” and will host all US user data, securing “associated computer systems.”

For WeChat, the future in the US is even more uncertain. Judge Laurel Beeler wrote in her order that an August lawsuit by a group of WeChat users showed “serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim.”

Beeler wrote that the plaintiffs’ “evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat.”

Beeler added that while the US government had identified “significant” threats to national security, there was “scant little evidence that its effective ban of WeChat for all US users addresses those concerns.”

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