Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has condemned violence at protests in Portland, Oregon.

While expressing his displease about the violence, Biden challenged United States President Donald Trump to stop “recklessly encouraging” it.

One person was reportedly killed on Saturday during clashes between rival groups.

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality have swept the US since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Protests have roiled downtown Portland every night for more than three months following Floyd’s death, and police there said they had made arrests after one person was killed on Saturday night.

“I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same,” Biden said in a statement.

He added that “We must not become a country at war with ourselves.”

“What does President Trump think will happen when he continues to insist on fanning the flames of hate and division in our society and using the politics of fear to whip up his supporters?

“He is recklessly encouraging violence,” the former vice president said.

Trump issued tweets and retweets including several that blamed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for the death and one in which the president appeared to be encouraging his supporters to move into Portland.

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