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Trump, Biden trade barbs after Portland shooting

Portland Police hold back a man who was with the victim of a fatal shooting as he reacts in minutes after the incident on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Far left counter-protesters and pro-Trump supporters clashed as a parade of cars carrying right wing supporters made their way from nearby Clackamas to Portland. - AFP
Portland Police hold back a man who was with the victim of a fatal shooting as he reacts in minutes after the incident on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Far left counter-protesters and pro-Trump supporters clashed as a parade of cars carrying right wing supp

US: A man was shot dead in the US city of Portland, police said Sunday, the latest violence to upend anti-racism protests as President Donald Trump presses an election message characterizing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden as weak on violent crime.

But hours after the gunfire Saturday during a pro-Trump rally in the Oregon city, Biden accused the President of fanning the flames of violence in a polarized and tense nation.

The shooting followed a week of country-wide protests -- including the cancellation of numerous sporting events -- over the police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin of African American Jacob Blake.

The violence in Portland erupted during a rally involving hundreds of vehicles “caravaning throughout downtown Portland,” police said. OregonLive reported “clashes” and “tense moments” between demonstrators and counter-protesters.

Photographs from the scene showed the victim wearing a hat with a logo for “Patriot Prayer,” described by local media as a far-right group at the center of multiple Portland demonstrations that have ended in violence.

The Portland clashes followed unrest in Kenosha, where prosecutors accused 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of shooting dead two men and wounding another who were protesting against Blake’s shooting.

Trump was due to travel on Tuesday to the Midwestern city to meet law enforcement officials and view damage from unrest triggered by Blake’s shooting last weekend.

Wisconsin’s Governor Tony Evers sent the President a letter asking him to reconsider the visit as it “will only hinder our healing,” according to US media reports.

Violence connected to anti-racism protests has become a major issue in the campaign for November’s presidential election, with Trump presenting himself as the “law and order” choice and arguing that a Biden Presidency would allow left-wing mob rule.

Biden condemned the violence and argued that Trump had played a role in spurring the clashes.

“He is recklessly encouraging violence,” the Democratic nominee said in a statement.

“He may believe tweeting about law and order makes him strong - but his failure to call on his supporters to stop seeking conflict shows just how weak he is.”

Trump spent Sunday morning tweeting and retweeting dozens of posts purporting to show violence in Democratic-run cities, and especially Portland.

The President has repeatedly threatened to send federal government forces into the west coast city if Mayor Ted Wheeler does not crack down. - AFP


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