2020 Portland Protests Flashback: Unsafe to Protest? Realities Behind the Portland Picture

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Produced by: 
Burt Cohen
Air date: 
Tue, 08/30/2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Originally aired on 09/11/2020 --

We've seen it on the nightly news: the police, the tear gas, the fires, and the wall of moms. Our guest today, David Rovics is in Portland and he explains that the city's police protected the far right thugs as brother cops, just not official. The invasion by secret federal troops, grabbing people and throwing them into vans, brought out many more locals. Rovics explains that protesters organized into effective affinity groups, and that burning barricades were defensive against violence to humans. Over the three months, the dynamics have evolved. America has much to learn from Portland.  --




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