Officials in Portland, Oregon, said the federal government fenced the federal federation of about $ 200,000 on the city, which became the scene of the night’s protests.
Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudley said Tuesday that the city bureau of transportation issued a cease-and-desist order over the fence, which obstructs a city street, and is assessing the federal government for $ 500 every 15 minutes is.
“As of yesterday, the federal government owes us $ 192,000 and up for the count,” Eudley said. “We intend to collect.”
“Usually, we would send a maintenance team or contractor to remove such a barrier, but I would not send workers in the way of damage,” she said.
The Department of Homeland Security, which deployed federal agents to the city earlier this month, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday amid protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Eudley referred to the agents as “occupying forces”.
The move comes on the same day Attorney General William Barr defended the Trump administration’s decision to send agents. Barr said recent protests against racial injustice and police violence were “hijacked” by violent rioters and anarchists.
The administration is “trying to protect federal functions and federal buildings,” he said.
Meanwhile, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said agents further escalated tensions between officers and protesters, “leading to more violence and more vandalism.”
The city’s nocturnal protests began peacefully, with “Moms’ Wall” and “PDXDadPod” marching and “Black Lives Matter” and “Feds Go Home.” Such as groups are included. Later in the night, small groups of people wearing black and umbrellas lit fireworks in the courtyard and lit the fire.
The protesters have accused the agents of deploying chilli spray and tear gas and destroying food and medical supplies. The peaceful protesters described being taken by agents who did not identify themselves and did not tell the protesters why they were detained.
Civil rights activists, meanwhile, advocated for racial injustice to “bring the focus back”, as the local chapter of the NAACP put it.
A lawyer told the protesters last week, “I want us to remember why we are here?” “What’s happening downtown is not a black issue.” It is a fight between two white-dominated entities: the Trump administration and the local city of Portland. “