Demonstrators in the U.S. City of Portland, where protests have been going on for about 100 days, used Molotov cocktails against local law enforcement officers, according to the city police.
The demonstration, which began on Saturday evening, was soon declared a riot.
In Portland, protesters set fire to a building in front of the mayor’s house
It’s a riot. The police are demanding to disperse. People throw Molotov cocktails,” police said in a statement on Twitter.
Subsequently, Molotov cocktails were used against law enforcement officers as well.
You can see the Portland protester running around with their legs on fire at the beginning of this videopic.twitter.com/O6b1fC0OHq
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 6, 2020
“Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers… The police are trying to restore calm and order for the safety of the area,” the statement said. One person was injured in the incident.
According to the local Oregonian, law enforcement officers in turn used tear gas against the demonstrators and also detained several people. As the newspaper notes, as of the early Sunday morning (local time), the unrest in the city has not subsided.
Protests are taking place in Portland and several other U.S. cities after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. Protests often escalate into riots.