Federal agents tear-gas Portland protesters again despite plan for the agents to leave town

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Federal agents tear-gas Portland protesters again despite plan for the agents to leave town
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Federal agents tear-gas Portland protesters again despite plan for the agents to leave town
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Federal agents tear-gassed protesters again and made arrests as several hundred people demonstrated in downtown Portland late Wednesday and early Thursday, hours after state leaders announced federal agents would soon leave the city, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports.

It was the 62nd night in a row of protests there.

Governor Kate Brown said early Wednesday that all Customs and Border Protection & ICE agents would depart Portland and be replaced by Oregon State Police beginning Thursday. But acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the agents would stay put “until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked.”

Federal agents issued their first warning of the night shortly before 11 p.m., cautioning people to leave the fence around the courthouse alone or face potential arrest. A few minutes later, they started deploying tear gas and crowd control munitions.

Some people could be seen climbing over the fence and climbing back out at about 11:30 p.m. Federal agents fired another round of tear gas and stun grenades but a large crowd remained crushed against the fence, undeterred.

Federal officials declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:40 p.m. and asked “peaceful protesters” to leave the area.

At one point, some protesters holding American flags and veterans with signs met face-to-face in a silent standoff with federal agents.

Christine VanOsdol was one of the vets who refused to move as agents approached. She said she’s a U.S. Army Desert Storm veteran and doctor of occupational therapy.

You can read the rest of the article at CBSnews.com

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