Portland protesters predict demonstrations will continue at least through election

Portland protests.
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Protests against police brutality in Portland, Oregon, that were originally sparked by the killing of George Floyd in May, have continued for 100 straight days, The Associated Press reports, and demonstrators suggested it would be some time before they stopped.

Tupac Leahy, a 23-year-old Black man from Portland who told AP he has shown up for the protests on about 70 of the 100 days, predicted the demonstrations would last until November's general election. "I don't see it slowing down," he said.

Another protester, Chelsea Jordan, said she plans to "keep at it until the full abandonment of the police, so I think it's going to be a long fight."

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Portland is far from the only city in the U.S. to experience protests since Floyd's killing, but it has been one of the central and most consistent sites of demonstrations, which have turned violent — and even deadly — at times, including Saturday night, when police declared a riot after protesters hurled Molotov cocktails into the street, igniting a fire. Police reportedly arrested more than 50 people, and videos appeared to show officers using tear gas to disperse the crowd (police confirmed the use of tear gas a defensive measure, per AP.) At least one community member was injured, police said. Read more at The Associated Press.

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