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Things Are Heating Up in Beirut

Protesters hit the streets over an explosion that devastated the city

(Newser) - Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people, the AP reports. Dozens were still missing and nearly... More »

The Tone Changes in Portland

Demonstrations are mostly peaceful, but police make two arrests

(Newser) - Portland protests heated up again Saturday night after a relatively peaceful stint following the departure of federal officers earlier in the week, USA Today reports. In fact, Portland police declared an unlawful assembly in southeast Portland after some protesters allegedly aimed lasers at officers and tossed things at them. Two... More »

'Trump-Loving Grandma' Outs Portland Protester

Karla Fox, 69, tells the 'New York Post' that it was her grandson

(Newser) - The identity of a bomb-throwing Portland protester remained obscure until someone claimed to know him: none other than his "Trump-loving grandma," the New York Post reports. Karla Fox tells the newspaper she identified her grandson, 18-year-old Gabriel "Rico" Agard-Berryhill, by the olive-colored vest she bought him with... More »

Unmarked Van Used in 'Incredibly Disturbing' NYC Arrest

Plainclothes officers forced protester into vehicle in tactic similar to that used by feds in Portland

(Newser) - An arrest that one city official called "incredibly disturbing" took place on the streets of New York City on Tuesday evening, drawing comparisons to detentions taking place in Portland, Ore., by federal agents who've loaded protesters into unmarked minivans. This time, however, the NYPD was involved, per the... More »

Feds Face Lawsuit From Wall of Moms

They say force was unlawfully used in Portland

(Newser) - The Wall of Moms is taking the federal government to court. Members of the protest group, who were seen linking arms to defend protesters in Portland, and the Don't Shoot Portland police accountability group have filed a lawsuit accusing federal agents of using violence to "stamp out peaceful... More »

Shots Fired Near Portland Protest Site

Loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails also found

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Ore., arrested two people after reports that a shot was fired Sunday night near where thousands of people have turned out nightly for protests in the city that has become the epicenter of national unrest over George Floyd’s death, the AP reports. Officers responded to the... More »

Armed Protester Killed in Austin

Garrett Foster, 28, was carrying an AK-47 at the time

(Newser) - A Texas protester was shot dead Saturday night after a car drove into the crowd and the driver apparently opened fire on him, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Garrett Foster, 28, was approaching the stopped vehicle with other Black Lives Matter activists when he was killed. Foster was also armed—with... More »

Gunfire Erupts as Black, Right-Wing Militias Face Off

Hundreds of them converge in downtown Louisville

(Newser) - Three people were hit by gunfire Saturday as armed militia groups converged in Louisville, Kentucky—but the shooting was apparently accidental, the Courier Journal reports. At the tense scene, a Black militia group called the NFAC (the "Not F**king Around Coalition") came within site of Three Percenters, a... More »

'Feds, Go Home': Portland Protesters Stand Up to Agents

'Wall of Moms,' health care workers, and 'Teachers Against Tyrants' showed up to demonstrate

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., into the early hours of Saturday, shooting fireworks at the building as plumes of tear gas, dispensed by US agents, lingered above. The demonstration went on for hours until federal agents entered the crowd around 2:30am and marched... More »

Judge Bans Feds From Arresting Portland Observers

Move protects journalists for 14 days

(Newser) - A federal judge specifically blocked US agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at the ongoing Portland, Oregon, protests that have sparked confrontations between local officials and President Trump over the limits of federal power. US Judge Michael Simon made his ruling late Thursday, a... More »

Did Feds Overstep in Portland? A Watchdog Will Take a Look

Inspector general of the Justice Department announces investigation

(Newser) - The mayor got tear-gassed . Protesters described being manhandled and whisked away by camo-clad men in vans . Now a government watchdog is going to investigate whether the actions of federal officers during Portland's protests have gone too far, reports the Washington Post . Coverage:
  • Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice
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Police: 'This Event Has Been Declared a Riot'

Violence breaks out in Portland, Oregon

(Newser) - Things got ugly in Portland on Saturday night when protesters set a police union building ablaze and authorities told them to move on—or else. "This event has been declared a riot," the Portland Police Bureau tweeted , per CNN . "Move to the east now. If you do... More »

People Hit the Streets Over Governor's Arrest

Sergei Furgal has been arrested on multiple murder charges

(Newser) - Mass rallies rocked the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk again on Saturday, as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the arrest of the region's governor on charges of involvement in multiple murders, the AP reports. Local media estimated the rally in the city 3,800... More »

Portland Mayor to Trump: This Is 'an Absolute Abuse'

Words are flying after federal agents scooped up protesters in Oregon

(Newser) - Portland's mayor threw down the gauntlet Friday after federal agents—some wearing camouflage in unmarked minivans—were seen grabbing people off the streets, the AP reports. "Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city," Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a press conference... More »

Protest in Chicago Park Leaves 18 Cops Injured

Demonstrators tried to yank down statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park

(Newser) - At least 18 police officers in Chicago were hurt Friday during a clash with 1,000 or so protesters who converged upon a park and tried to yank down a statue of Christopher Columbus. The officers had been at an earlier rally in support of Black and Indigenous people "... More »

St. Louis Gun-Toting Case Gets Very Political

Even the White House is getting involved

(Newser) - Looks like the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have two high-profile defenders: a governor and a president, the Washington Post reports. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson offered a whole-hearted defense Tuesday of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and said President Trump was also "getting involved" in their case.... More »

87 Arrested After Swarming Ky. AG's Home

Dozens converged upon residence co-owned by Daniel Cameron to call for justice for Breonna Taylor

(Newser) - Nearly 90 people were arrested Tuesday evening outside a home co-owned by the Kentucky attorney general after holding what organizers deemed a "call to action seeking justice" for Breonna Taylor . WDRB reports that protesters with the social justice group Until Freedom converged at around 4:30pm upon the lawn... More »

8 Protesters Were Blinded in Single Day in May

'Washington Post' has a video investigation

(Newser) - By the count of the Washington Post , a dozen people were partially blinded by police projectiles during the week of protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. And eight of those people lost vision in one eye in a single day—Saturday, May 30. In a video investigation... More »

Flags Burn on the Fourth of July

Activists hit the streets in cities across America

(Newser) - Not everyone was barbecuing and having a beer this Fourth of July. Some Americans hit the streets for sit-ins and marches in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New York, and over a dozen other towns and cities to protest police brutality and shine a light on what they consider a one-sided... More »

Cops: 2 Seriously Hurt After Car Speeds Into Protesters

Police say it's not clear whether the early morning incident in Seattle was intentional

(Newser) - Two women were struck by a car whose driver sped through a protest-related closure on a freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday. A 24-year-old woman from Seattle suffered critical, life-threatening injuries, and a 32-year-old woman from Bellingham had serious injuries, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said. The driver,... More »

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