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George Washington statue toppled by protesters in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon食色最新版本 — A statue of George Washington was pulled down by protesters on Thursday night, which was Juneteenth eve, . The nation's first president owned slaves.

KOIN said Thursday marked the 21st day of demonstrations for racial justice and police reform sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Two groups — Rose City Justice and Lavender Caucus — hosted a sit-in rally at Jefferson High School in the evening where community members shared their experiences with racism with a crowd of a few hundred.

A separate group of about 20 people met around 10 p.m. at the site of the large bronze statue of Washington.

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食色最新版本Portland police arrived a short time later.

Elsewhere in Portlant, a small crowd of demonstrators stood outside  the Justice Center. They moved on after a short time and stopped near the Apple store but dispersed before midnight. Some said they wanted to rest ahead of Friday, when they planned to mark Juneteenth.

Thursday's events followed a  in which a large crowd walked through the streets of downtown Portland — eventually ending up in the Pearl District, where they tried to set up a so-called "autonomous zone" outside Mayor Ted Wheeler's residence.

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