Protesters and police clash at Seattle march

Protesters and police clash at Seattle march
Police used pepper spray against protesters. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Protesters marching in support of anti-racism rally clashed with police in the US city of Seattle, in one of the most tense of several rallies held across the country on Saturday.

Officers used pepper spray and stun grenades, as protesters set a fire and broke windows. The march was in support of ongoing protests in Portland.

At least 21 officers were injured while forty-five people were arrested.

One man was killed in Austin, Texas during a Black Lives Matter march.

Police said initial reports suggested the victim approached a vehicle and might have been carrying a rifle, from where a person shot and killed him. The suspect has been arrested and is co-operating with officers.

The demonstrations have been given renewed energy by violent clashes in Portland between federal agents and protesters deployed by President Donald Trump despite opposition from state and local leaders.

Thousands of protesters had initially gathered peacefully in Seattle, carrying signs such as “We are living in a police state” and “Feds go home”, and shouting chants of “No justice, no peace”.

Police said, a group then set fire to the construction site for a youth detention facility before smashing windows of a courthouse and nearby businesses.

Authorities said fireworks, bottles, rocks and mortars were thrown at officers, and one of them was taken to hospital with a leg injury.

The demonstrations are described as riot by the police and said they were investigating whether an explosive device was used against a police station. No injuries were reported.

A trailer on a construction site for a youth detention facility was targeted by protesters. Source: AFP

Like Portland, Seattle has seen extended protests against police brutality and racism since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota in May. But earlier this month, after a police-free protest zone in the city was dismantled followed a series of shootings, demonstrations had waned.

What happened elsewhere in the US?

Local media reported that a car drove through a crowd in Aurora, Colorado but there were no reports of injuries. Police said, at the same march, a person was injured after a protester “decided to fire off a weapon”. It was reported that the person is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.

Demonstrators of Colorado also remembered Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died last August after being stopped by police.

Hundreds of members of a black militia demanded justice for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr Tylor was a 26-year-old black woman who was fatally shot when officers entered her flat in March.

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