By VOA News |
Protesters for racial justice took to the streets in several U.S. streets on Saturday, often clashing with police
In the western city of Seattle, Washington, police declared a riot, deploying flash bangs and tear gas to control the demonstration, while arresting 45 people. Police said more than 20 officers were injured.
Seattle Police ride on a vehicle behind bicycle police during a Black Lives Matter protest march, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in…
Seattle Police ride on a vehicle behind bicycle police during a Black Lives Matter protest march, July 25, 2020, in Seattle.
About 2,000 people marched in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the city’s largest Black Lives Matter protest in a month. The riot declaration came after protesters set fire to a construction site for a juvenile detention facility and threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at the officers.
The demonstrators put up barricades and carried homemade shields and umbrellas to try to fend off police while using leaf blowers to disperse tear gas. All were tactics borrowed from protests in another western city, Portland, Oregon, where activists have clashed nightly with police for nearly two months.