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Clashes between police and civilians continue in Portland as the city enters its 5th month of anti-racism protests

Federal officers block a downtown street on September 19, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests against police brutality and racial injustice resumed this weekend after activists called for a pause in response to hazardous air quality from nearby wildfire smoke. <span class="copyright">Nathan Howard/Getty Images</span>
Federal officers block a downtown street on September 19, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests against police brutality and racial injustice resumed this weekend after activists called for a pause in response to hazardous air quality from nearby wildfire smoke. Nathan Howard/Getty Images
  • Portland remains a hotbed for racial unrest in the US amid ongoing demonstrations there. 

  • At least two clashes between police and civilians over the weekend made headlines.

  • On Friday, a police officer was caught on video riding his motorcycle in to a protester who blocked his path.

  • On Sunday, a man was arrested after an officer said he broke his cruiser window and sprayed him with pepper spray.

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Portland, Oregon, continues to be a hotspot for unrest and clashes between police and anti-racism protesters. 

On Friday evening, a police officer drove a motorcycle into a protester who was blocking his path

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Almost 20% of cases in past month stem from controversial motorcycle rally, research claims

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A motorcycle rally held in South Dakota in August and attended by hundreds of thousands of Americans from across the country is linked to more than 260,000 Covid-19 cases recorded in the US since 2 August, a new study suggests, with researchers describing the event as a “worst-case scenario” for spreading the disease.

Between 7 and 16 August, around 450,000 people from across the states flocked to Sturgis for the annual 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which featured several concerts and was held despite cases soaring across the country. Last week, a 60-year-old man with underlying health conditions was the first known person thought to have died with coronavirus having attended the event.

The study, by San Diego State University’s Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies, estimates that the 260,000 figure represents around 19 per cent of all virus infections reported in the US between 2 August and

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