VT: The attack on the courthouse was entirely staged by Portland police and paid provocateurs working for the GOP. We can prove it and know it is now under investigation.
Trump sent in illegal DHS thugs and the GOP brought in dozens of paid agitators in an attempt to turn a BLM protest into something that could be used to save his hopeless reelection campaign.
He is going to have to turn to the Mossad and Federalist (Bolshevik) Society again.
— Teressa Raiford (@TeressaLRaiford) July 31, 2020
Guardian: Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse that became a flashpoint, and the scene of nightly battles amid the swirl of tear gas, after Donald Trump dispatched agents to end what he called anarchy in the city after weeks of demonstrations.
Portland protest mostly peaceful as state and local officers replace federal agents
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 31, 2020
But in the absence of the federal officers, Thursday night’s protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police.
But I was told the protestors would burn the courthouse down once the Feds left. Turns out, the protests died down when the agitators – the Feds – left. It's almost like Trump was the chaos agent. https://t.co/p6SgfKuV1e
— Aaron Astor (@AstorAaron) July 31, 2020
On Wednesday, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, agreed with the White House that the state police would take over responsibility for guarding the courthouse after weeks of escalating protests. She said that “Trump’s troops” were behaving like an occupying army in Portland and provoking unrest with heavy-handed tactics.
NEW TONIGHT: Feds say lawbreakers and agitators are masquerading as journalists at the Portland protests, ask judge to dissolve order protecting press. Move comes 1 day after deal w/state to takeover courthouse perimeter https://t.co/uhbn1t4Bvg
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) July 31, 2020
In contrast, the state troopers did not intervene even when the scale of the protest on Thursday night passed the point, as demonstrators shook the fence around the courthouse, at which in early demonstrations the federal agents generally fired tear gas, stun grenades and baton rounds.
Federal agents made the most of their last night in Portland as they were "poised to leave," unleashing several rounds of gas and a cloud of pepper spray on the crowd of protestors, who were dancing and celebrating their small victory. https://t.co/bF1NnBd2kn
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 31, 2020
In the absence of confrontation, and with the state police remaining largely unseen inside the courthouse, tensions quickly eased. Without the federal forces to draw attention, protest organisers kept the focus on Black Lives Matters and reform of the Portland police.
Portland protest day 63 pic.twitter.com/SbH2sl47ml
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 31, 2020
Some in the crowd worked to avoid trouble by stopping demonstrators from lighting fires and shooting fireworks at the courthouse as they had done on previous nights.
Dan Thomas, an African American man, stood in the street shouting at people not to cause a confrontation with the state police.
“Attacking the federal building is not Black Lives Matter. Leave it alone. You’re playing into Trump’s hands,” he said.
Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal troops https://t.co/IBhidXodBs
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 31, 2020